Australian Native Plants

  Thelychiton speciosus (Rock Orchid)


Thelychiton speciosus photo
Dendrobium speciosum

Photograph by C T Johansson. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Thelychiton speciosus photo
Sydney Rock Orchid, Dendrobium speciosum

Photograph by Doug Beckers from Killcare Heights, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Thelychiton speciosus photo
Dendrobium speciosum, Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan

Photograph by KENPEI. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




ROCK ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Thelychiton speciosus in Australia

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


Common Name
Rock Orchid

Other Names
Rock Lily

Description
The Rock orchid grows as an epiphyte on branches of trees or on rocks in open forest. It can form large spreading clumps on rocks. The pseudobulbs grow to about 45 cm long with about two to five oval leaves per stem. The leaves are up to 25 cm long and 8 cm wide. The flowers grow in large clusters that may have over a hundred flowers. The flowers are white or creamy in colour. the labellum has purple dots. This species was formerly known as Dendrobium speciosum.

Height
pseudobulb to 45 cm with leaves to 25 cm long

Habitat
found in wet eucalypt forest or rainforest where it grows on rocks and trees

Distribution
found in eastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales and eastern Victoria



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Thelychiton
Species:speciosus
Common Name:Rock Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Thelychiton gracilicaulis
  Thelychiton jonesii
  Thelychiton kingianus
  Thelychiton moorei