Orchid Identification

So you have found a flower. Is it an orchid? If so, what type?

This page will have tips on how to distinguish orchids from other flowers in the bush and how to tell what sort of orchid it is. It is designed to guide readers to identify their orchid down to what 'group' it belongs to and hopefully, what species it is.

So it will go something like this:

Is it an orchid? Yes
What genus does it belong to? Pterostylis
What group does it belong to? Bird Orchids
What species is it? Well, now the hard part begins. Some orchids are a piece of cake to identify, others not as there are about a dozen very similar species that all look the same!