Beard Orchids

Calochilus Species

             
Calochilus herbaceus
 
Calochilus herbaceus
 
Calochilus paludosus
 
Calochilus robertsonii
Copper Beard Orchid
Calochilus herbaceus
Albany - Auckland
Photo: Felicity Goodyear-Smith

Flowers October - December
Found in wet ground amongst scrub
north of Auckland. Greenish-yellow with
red stripes on the petals. Labellum has a
violet lamina surrounded by red whiskers.
Critically endangered.


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Beard Orchid
Calochilus herbaceus viride
Te Paki - Far North
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers October - December
Structurally no different from
C herbaceus, but the red is absent
from the lateral petal stripes and from
the labellum beard. White replaces the
usual violet-purple labellum disc.


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Brown Beard Orchid
Calochilus paludosus
Rainbow Mountain - Waiotapu
Photos: Michael Pratt

Flowers October - December
Found on poor soils and pakihi. End of
labellum with a long strap-shaped tip
that is often bent. Column wings lack
the "eyes" found on the other species
of NZ Calochilus.


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Red Beard Orchid
Calochilus robertsonii
Rainbow Mountain - Waiotapu
Photos: Michael Pratt

Flowers October - December
Found on poor clay soils in open areas
amongst scrub. Base of labellum with
short rounded calli. Beard coloured red,
with a short, twisted, strap-shaped tip.
Column wings have distinctive dark "eyes"


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