These distinctive orchids have a very hairy labellum, which gives them their name. There are three species found in the south west of Western Australia. The Swamp Beard Orchid looks much the same as the Wandoo Beard Orchid, but is found in mainly along the south coast in swampy ground. It also flowers a few weeks later and can grow much taller, reaching 50cm.
Calochilus stramenicola - Wandoo Beard Orchid
The Wandoo Beard Orchid is found between Dryandra and York and is found in deep leaf litter under Wandoo trees, usually on rocky breakaway slopes. Plants range from 15-25cm in height with up to 6 flowers.
Calochilus uliginosa - Swamp Beard Orchid
The Swamp Beard Orchid has flowers that are mostly identical to those of the Wandoo Beard Orchid. It differs in being found in swampy habitats in the Lower South West. It can also have much taller plants, up to 50cm in height.
Calochilus sp. 'Boyup' - Boyup Beard Orchid
The Boyup Beard Orchid also has flowers that are mostly identical to both the Wandoo and Swamp Beard Orchids. It differs in being found in well drained sandy soils in Jarrah Marri forest. It is known from just one location.