The Orchids of Western Australia


Cryptostylis ovata – Slipper Orchid

Also known as Tongue Orchid.

These orchids emit pheromones which sexually attract male Orchid Dupe Wasps. (Lissopimpla excelsa)

Slipper Orchid Slipper Orchid Slipper Orchid Slipper Orchid Slipper Orchid leaf


  1. John

    It looks like a good year for slipper orchids at our property in the Pemberton forest. Presently there are many slipper orchids sending up flower spikes. They usually flower for at least 6 months of the year and their basal leaves are visible all year round.

  2. Levi

    I found a grove of these on the 22nd of March, 2015, in the jarrah forest roughly east of Harvey. I was surprised to find that they had obviously been flowering for at least a week.

    Is it normal for these to flower so early in the year?

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