The aim of Heritage Bushcare is to conserve the remnant native vegetation found around Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills area in South Australia.  The business was established in 2006 by Robert Lawrence.

Here is a preview of native orchids which grow in and around the Adelaide Hills. The pictures have been arranged in flowering sequence. This is only a small selection of orchids around the Adelaide Hills, with there being many more varieties.

Heritage Bushcare has a skilled and dedicated team doing on-ground work to control weeds using minimal disturbance methods to allow natural regeneration.  The team works at a variety of sites from sites of natural bushland with rare species through to sites of restoration and revegetation.

Other services offered are:

  • Vegetation surveys
  • Bushland Condition Monitoring
  • Natural regeneration
  • Orchid & Grass identification
  • Plant identification

It is vital for people in our society to appreciate and be concerned about our local biodiversity.  Seeing there was a lack of information available about our local orchids and lilies, Heritage Bushcare published a field guide in September 2011  called Start With The Leaves.  More information is found on our page Start With The Leaves.

  1. Mr Graham A Crooks

    I have a photo of a flowering native orchid that I would like to identify. I was watching your introductory “Orchids of South Australia” video and the same orchid appears at the 23 second mark of the video. Could you please send me the name of this orchid. I can forward my copy of the photo to be identified if you wish. Thanks in anticipation.
    Graham A Crooks

    • Hi Graham,

      The orchid at the 23sec is Urochilus sanguineus (synonym Pterostylis sanguinea). There are a few different common names such as Maroon Banded Greenhood or Blood Greenhood.

      It is distinct and in SA, when in flower, there is no other orchid like it. You are welcome to send a photo through. A site to watch for SA orchid is the nossa.org.au – the Native Orchid Society of South Australia (NOSSA). In the long term we are planning to have a website dedicated to identification but as we are doing it on a volunteer basis, it is a slow process. In the meantime, we are able to help with identification.


      Rosalie Lawrence
      Office Manager
      Heritage Bushcare
      (also NOSSA website manager)

  2. It sounds like regenerating is a tough thing to do. You have to make sure you clear out the weeds and plants that will choke out the new plants and you also have to make sure that the dry stuff is cleared so there isn’t a fire hazard. How long does it normally take to regenerate a section of land?

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