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Orchids of South~West Australia

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Our orchids have a unique beauty and possess a powerful appeal which draws all people from amateurs to botanists to seek out, admire, study and photograph.

BookCoverMedThe Third Edition of Orchids of South~West Australia is a major revision of this States 413 species, of which, 42 have been recognised recently as being new species. The information contains up to date descriptions and many new photos. Measurements, flowering periods and distribution maps by courtesy of the Western Australian Herbarium are provided.

This edition has an extended key to the genera of which 2 are new. The book includes a glossary, bibliography and indexes to the scientific and common names.

Previous editions of Orchids of South-West Australia have become very valuable and highly sort after by serious book collectors. This is a must-have book for anyone who is interested in wildflowers in general and orchids in particular.

With over 700 genera and some 25,000 species orchids comprise one of the three largest groups of flowering plants in the world. Many are extremely beautiful and their appeal is universal.

The people of Western Australia and tourists to the State will be fascinated by Orchids of South-West Australia by Noel Hoffman and Andrew Brown. Formerly published by University of Western Australia Press and now by Noel Hoffman, this definitive work describes 413 orchids found in the south-west of Western Australia .

The principle purpose of this book is to provide an accurate and easy means of identifying the native orchids of this region. This third edition has an extended key to the genera and includes some 42 new species, a glossary, bibliography and indexes to the scientific and common names.

There is an excellent description of each orchid in which the distinctive features of each species and information on distribution, habitat, flowering period and the common name is provided.

For every orchid there is also a colour photograph and map of its distribution. Orchids of South-West Australia is a must for all professional and amateur orchidologists.



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.