The orchids on this page share the feature of relatively small plants and flowers.
The Brookton Highway Spider Orchid is distinguished by its small flowers that are quite variable in colour. Plants rarely reach more than 20cm tall with flowers that can range from white to completely red. As the name suggests, it is found in a smallish area along the Brookton Highway.
This orchid is a somewhat rare species that is quite similar to the Talbot's Spider Orchid. It is distinguished by the dark-tipped petals (hence the name) and also the flowering time, which is a few weeks later (October). Other wispy spider orchids in the area are finished by the time the Dark-tipped Spider Orchid starts flowering.
The Dwarf Common Spider Orchid is distinguished mainly by its early flowering time. It is one of the first wispy spider orchids to flower, starting in late June. As its name suggests, it has quite small flowers, 5-8cm lone on stems up to 15cm tall.
The Western Wispy Spider Orchid is so called as it occurs in Western Australia, as opposed to Eastern Australia. In WA, it is found in the eastern wheatbelt. Like most orchids in that area, it is most common in areas with increased water availability, such as around granite outcrops and along creeklines. The distinguishing feature is the tiny labellum, which is only 2-3mm wide - noticeably smaller than other wispy spider orchids. The flowers and plants are also quite small. Flowers are 4-6cm long and plants up to 15cm tall.