Rock Orchid (Thelychiton speciosus)

The Rock Orchid is a large lithophytic orchid forming clusters of cane-like pseudo-bulbs. There are usually several large, leathery leaves at the ends of the canes. In spring the Rock Orchid has long racemes covered with strongly perfumed, creamy yellow flowers. The curved lip has purple spots.

Found along the coast and ranges of NSW and VIC, growing on cliff faces, exposed rock surfaces and boulders.

The Rock Orchid is spectacular in flower, especially in remote areas with larger populations. The Rock Orchid is also known as the Rock Lily or the Sydney Rock Orchid.

Kingdom: Plantae
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Thelychiton
Species: speciosus
Last Updated: 26-12-2018