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Hello and welcome to - home of NOCAP - the Native Orchid Conservation Awareness Project. We don't have much content for you just at the moment and what is there has a heavy WA bias. First up will be a state by state break down of what can be found where and then it will be pictures, pictures and more pictures to help you identify what you have seen. I am chucking it together rather piecemeal as I gather information so keep checking back. Recently I've been looking through some of the pages and they are looking a bit dated already, content is still pertinent though. I'll try to have a big shove to get updated this year.

But overall we have to remember that these plants are often fragile and endangered so please don't love them to death. Take only photos - leave only footprints.

NOCAP is not open slather editing, its a content control thing, however NOCAP will be looking for some content from you the public so if you are interested in editing, have that special photo or other pertinent information email WACoordinator. Note that all contributions will be credited to the contributor.

As a quick intro on how a wiki works, in this instance I'll say that these menu's work on categories. As the page for each species is made it is assigned a category (or several) then we simply point the menu to call up everything in a given category - say everything that flowers in September. Only those pages that have the category September assigned will show up, so if there is only 5 pages made so far that have been assigned to that category then that's all the menu will call up. Basically until every species has it's page created and categories assigned the menu's won't show everything. At the moment I am hesitant to publish pages without photos and I have a limited stock of photos so the content is a bit thin.

The 2016 season is here and sees a lot of work yet to be done here. The site has been down for a couple of years AND I haven't had much time to travel/photograph for a few years now. I do have some new stuff to get sorted and uploaded and that will happen as soon as I have time..

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

New or Updated


Diuris setacea

Spiders WA presenting data in a tablet friendly format (though still presents fine on PC)

Government_Listings_of_Threatened_Orchids - Refreshed some of those links to gov sites (08/10/2016).


Information on our herbacious friends. (Content needed)

Conservation Status

A list of those species threatened or in imminent danger

State by State

Orchids by location.

Orchids by genus

Browse the orchid family by genus.

Thumbnail Browsing

Its incomplete but high priority at the moment as most folks will head straight to this method of browsing. Links to Genus are still present but not all thumbnails are in place.....

Tablet view

Under construction.

View whats flowering when!

Like most things at the moment this menu item is a bit on the sparse side.

My local orchid hunting spots

I am WA Wheatbelt located and spend most of my free time going through the local reserves.

Recommended reading

The web is great but it will never replace a good book.

Be aware of the dangers!!

Orchid hunting is a great past time, I enjoy it, my kids enjoy it and its a healthy way to spend time. However there are inherent dangers involved like dehydration, reptile and insect bites and not to mention getting lost.


Who's doing this?

At the moment there is only one contributor to this site, I am an enthusiast with no official sanctions from anybody. Content will be subject to debate I am quite sure but the intent stays the same - has been created, and will endeavor too, chronicle every species of orchid known to Australian botany and it's conservation status. Its a big ask, it will take time.


While every effort will be made to identify photographs correctly there may be instances where the id is wrong. The subtleties between species is often too small to be able to pick up in a photograph and indeed often a genetic examination is required for positive identification. The subtleties require an expert eye which I don't have and I also don't have access to genetic testing. Please feel free to email WACoordinator if you have any disputes/queries regarding the identifying photographs.

Species and General Information

Again every possible effort will be made to provide correct information regarding the plant species and other general information. Please feel free to email WACoordinator if you have any queries/disputation with what you read here and every effort will be made to correct mistakes.