Australian Native Plants

  Elythranthera emarginata (Pink Enamel Orchid)


Elythranthera emarginata photo
Elythranthera emarginata - Pink Enamel Orchid

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PINK ENAMEL ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Elythranthera emarginata in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Pink Enamel Orchid

Description
The Pink Enamel Orchid is a glossy pink orchid from Western Australia. It has pink star shaped flowers with similar sized petals and sepals. The flowers are shiny giving it an enamelled appearance, and are about 4cm across. Flowering is in spring from about October to December. The underside of the flowers is attractive with mottled pink on white. The flowers are produced on slender straight stems. The plant is often seen in groups and can sometimes form quite large colonies. The leaves are green and elongated oval shape, tapering towards the tip. It is similar to the Purple Enamel Orchid which is glossy purple and has smaller flowers.

Height
25cm

Habitat
found in damp soil in swamps, and near creeks

Distribution
Elythranthera emarginata is found in south west corner of Western Australia in the general area surrounding Perth to Albany and west to the coast

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Elythranthera
Species:emarginata
Common Name:Pink Enamel Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Elythranthera brunonis