Guide to Native Orchids of Victoria

Paperback - February 2023 - AU $49.99

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The most comprehensive guide to the wild orchids of Victoria ever produced.

This comprehensive guide describes the 447 species of wild orchids that occur in Victoria, Australia. This region is one of the richest in the world for its diversity of temperate terrestrial orchids. Orchid diversity in Victoria spans some of the smallest to some of the largest orchids in Australia, from the minute Mallacoota Midge Orchid, with flowers just 2 mm across, to the large King Orchid, with big plants having hundreds of fragrant flowers and weighing many kilograms. + Full description

Guide to Native Orchids of Victoria includes brief descriptions on all species, enabling their identification in the field. With more than 460 photographs of wild orchids in their natural habitat and distribution maps for almost all species, this guide will delight and inspire anyone interested in orchids.

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"Orchid enthusiasts will love this comprehensive guide to the 447 species of wild orchids in Victoria, including 66 species not previously described."
Gardening Australia, March 2023

"It is the thoroughness of the treatment which is so impressive, with close up photographs of nearly everything, detailed locality maps and the author’s passion for assisting with identification and providing more information in the form of the Notes."
Tony Cavanagh, Growing Australia No 264, June 2023

"Gary Backhouse’s Guide To Native Orchids Of Victoria is a fantastic resource as it has close-up photos and detailed descriptions of each plant and where to find each of the 447 species of wild orchids that occur in Victoria."
Peter Hope, Lab Talk, October 2023

"This is an interesting and very readable book that allows you to identify many orchids with confidence. It definitely deserves a place in one’s backpack."
Wendy Clark, The Victorian Naturalist Vol 140 (4), August 2023


Paperback | February 2023 | $ 49.99
ISBN: 9781486316854 | 328 pages | 215 x 148 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Maps

ePDF | February 2023
ISBN: 9781486316861
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | February 2023
ISBN: 9781486316878
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Covers all 447 species of wild orchids occurring in the Australian State of Victoria (as at March 2022).
  • Includes 66 species of distinctive but as yet undescribed orchids that occur in the region.
  • Includes photographs of almost all species of wild orchids occurring in Victoria, including some species never illustrated before.
  • The most comprehensive guide for orchids of Victoria ever produced.


Reader notes
Photographic credits

Diversity, biology and ecology
Species profiles
Hybrid orchids

Further reading
Index of scientific names
Index of common names


Gary N. Backhouse worked in biodiversity conservation with the Victorian Government until his retirement in 2012. He has travelled to most of the major centres for orchid diversity around the world and has photographed over 5000 species of orchids in the wild. Gary is author or co-author of three books on native orchids of Victoria, a book on Caladenia orchids of Australia, and Guide to Native Orchids of NSW and ACT.