The Orchids of Western Australia

The Authors

Noel Hoffman

Noel Hoffman is a retired School Principal whose interest in orchids dates back some 53 years when he was teaching at Spencer Park Primary School in Albany.

During those early years a great deal of frustration was experienced as it was difficult to identify species, there being too few sketches and paintings available. This frustration led to the publication of Orchids of South-West Australia, following his association with Andrew Brown and the Western Australian Native Orchid Study and Conservation Group.

He is a keen orchid photographer and enjoys studying the distribution and special requirements of these fascinating plants.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is a conservation biologist and taxonomist at the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. He is Curator of the Orchidaceae and Myoporaceae at the Western Australian Herbarium.

Andrew is a foundation member of the Australian Orchid Foundation and the Western Australian Native Orchid Study and Conservation Group, and has conducted over 40 years research into the Western Australian Orchidaceae.

He is author/co-author of more than 100 journal publications and seven books on the Western Australian flora. In addition, he has collaborated in the description of many new Western Australian orchid species.


Past Publications

Orchids of South-West Australia
First Edition – University of Western Australia Press – 1984
Second Edition – University of Western Australia Press – 1992
Second Edition with Supplement – University of Western Australia Press – 1998


Second Edition – Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards 1993 – Special Award
Second Edition – Commended in three categories at the Australian Book Publishers Association annual Book Design Awards.