Elythranthera brunonis – Enamel Orchid

The beautiful enamel orchid is endemic to the south west of Western Australia. It has a single, hairy leaf, and the flowers appear in August to November, with such a sheen as to appear enamelled. They are found in forests and heathland.

Scientific Name:Elythranthera brunonis
Common Name:Enamel Orchid
Other Common Names:Purple Enamel Orchid
Plant Type:Orchid
Height:0.2 ~ 0.3 metres
Width:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Wow factor






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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