iSPY Native Wildflowers

iSPY native wildflowers

** The photo challenge is currently closed for submissions, but stay tuned for when we'll open up the challenge again **

What you may be seeing in the paddocks

Keep your eye out for orchids, orchids, lilies and native peas. Below are a few threatened species you might be lucky to come across.

  • Small Purple-pea - A small perennial herb, which, when flowering, can grow to 30 cm tall. The leaves are almost hairless and divided into up to six pairs of 10 mm long, very narrow leaflets, each with a pointed tip. There is also a single leaflet at the end of each divided leaf.
  • Buttercup doubletail - A terrestrial orchid found in forests and woodlands near the Great Dividing Range on the NSW Southern and Central Tablelands. The buttercup doubletail grows to 45 cm high. It has golden-yellow flowers but, unlike similar orchids, it does not have dots or stripes on the petals. The species is known as a ‘donkey orchid’ for its two widely-spaced ear-like petals at the top of the flower.
  • Tarengo leek orchid - Flowers are usually a pale whitish-green, but can be pink or pale purple. Each plant produces a solitary, tubular, fleshy, dull green leaf, growing to 35 cm tall. The flower-spike emerges in mid spring to early summer from a hole near the base of the leaf

Click to download a photographic guide of what we’re hoping to see more of!

Unsure of what you’ve found? Snap a pic and send it to us via the link below and we’ll help you ID it.

Things to remember

  • Don’t pick the wildflowers! Snap a photo instead and help us preserve these wonderful flowers
  • Don’t trespass in order to get ‘the’ shot
  • Respect biosecurity by watching where you step and ensure your shoes are clean
  • Be conscious that not all wildflowers have bloomed yet, so keep an eye out for new shoots


Allan Wray –

This project is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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