Australian Native Plants

  Elythranthera brunonis (Purple Enamel Orchid)


Elythranthera brunonis photo
Elythranthera brunonis

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Elythranthera brunonis in Australia

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


Common Name
Purple Enamel Orchid

Description
The Purple Enamel Orchid is an attractive west Australian native orchid. It has attractive purple star shaped flowers. Some plants produce white flowers but this less common. The flowers are shiny giving it an enamelled appearance, and are about 3cm across. The flowers become paler with age. Flowering is in spring from about September to October. 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 Pink Enamel Orchid which is bright pink.

Height
15cm - 30cm

Habitat
heathland, forest, woodland

Distribution
Elythranthera brunonis is found in Western Australia from about mid way between Geraldton and Perth to about Esperance.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Elythranthera
Species:brunonis
Common Name:Purple Enamel Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Elythranthera emarginata