Study Groups


Study is integral to WANOSCG, it being part of our name. Presentations at meetings by study groups and the occasional workshop are aimed at sharing information and learning about various aspects of WA orchids. 

Information from the Adopt an Orchid Project (ADORP) study group is passed on to the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) where it is added to the Department’s Threatened and Priority Flora Database (TPFL). Information from the other study groups helps improve the knowledge of our native orchids and their ecology.

All members are welcome to join the current Study Groups or contact the group coordinators to share information.
Some members may be interested in forming other Study Groups, so communicate ideas via the Bulletin, Facebook site or at Meetings.

NB: Department of Parks and Wildlife will become part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in July 2017.


ADORP (Adopt an Orchid Project)
This is a collaborative project between WANOSCG and Parks And Wildlife where WANOSCG members adopt an orchid species or group of orchid species that they monitor and survey in order to obtain better and up-to-date population, threat and survey information. The project covers Priority 1 to Priority 3 species, that is, those species with very little documented population information or are possibly most at risk.
Contact: Kim Hanson, ADORP Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0487 755 806; Email:

Burns Study Group
This group studies and records the effects of burns, both bushfires and Parks and Wildlife prescribed burns, on orchids. Spring, summer and autumn burns are monitored and recorded, and the ones in interesting areas are chosen to study throughout the following year. Comparisons between the effects of early and late season burns may influence Parks and Wildlife’s prescribed burning programme.
Orchids in burns flower from April to December.
Many orchid species only flower after a hot, summer fire and many others flower more profusely following a suitable fire. The orchid data from multiple visits to the chosen burns is recorded and put into the WANOSCG database, and is forwarded on to Parks and Wildlife when appropriate.
Contact: Kevin Uhe, Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0419 913 792; Email:

Snail Orchid 
This group is looking for and studying the many different snail orchids throughout the state. In particular, it is studying closely related ones to determine similarities and differences between them. It is putting data into the WANOSCG database to record sighting locations, extensions of range and information on un-named species.
Snail orchids flower from May to November.
A very successful Snail Orchid Field Trip was run in August 2015 when 21 species of named/known snail orchids were found and a few un-named ones. WANOSCG produced a book to record the trip and orchids found.
Contact: Kevin Uhe, Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0419 913 792; Email:

Caladenia Drummondii – Winter Spider
This study group was formed in 2016 during a trip to the Kondinin area looking for the early flowering Winter Spider. It aims to increase the recorded locations in the WANOSCG database for this species, which has been found between Lake King and Nerren Nerren, north of Kalbarri.
This orchid flowers mostly from early May to June.
It can be found in a variety of habitats, from open mallee woodland to melaleuca shrubland and grows in both clay and loam soils.
Data such as date and number of flowers, leaves and seedpods is recorded for each location so that comparative studies can be done from year to year. Locations of old records are also checked to see if the orchid is still present.
Contact: Margaret Petridis, Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0409677385; Email:



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