(Woolly Lip) or the Bunny Orchids.
This hardy species is an autumn flowerer regardless of early rain or not.
They have been found north to Sharks Bay, East to Mundrabilla/Eucla and
from the South West inland to the perimeters of the Eastern and Northern
wheat belt. They can flower in thousands, particularly after a summer
There are four species validly named, three currently in manuscript and
a further four sub-species. The last seven have had their names prematurely
released and published in some Orchid Books bringing them into common
use. They have not been validated under the International Code and care
must be taken when using them.
E. scaber (rough hairs) or Pink Bunny is quite small but can be
super abundant over a wide area.
E. multiflorus (many flowered) is the tallest of the species with
many close packed flowers.
E.dilatatus or the White Bunny has its sepals dilated and can have
up to ten flowers.
E. tenuis or the Slender Bunny Orchid has a later flowering period
and is sparsely distributed throughout the South West..
Some of the, as yet, invalidly named species are shown in this gallery
and remarkably one graphically shows a stern mother with her chastised
child who is crying its eyes out and another is from the barnyard where
a proud rooster and a little hen are depicted.
These species can be easily identified by the thin wiry stems and the
small leaves which are present about one third of the way up the stems.
Very small native bees pollinate them.
Ron Heberle. April 2003