Australian Orchid Foundation



Project: 247/2005


Title: Information and Awareness Program of the Orchids of Papua New Guinea
Applicant: Mr Gary Backhouse
Institute: Melbourne, Victoria


The objectives were to undertake a field trip to Papua New Guinea to photograph wild orchids and their habitats.

To prepare presentations on New Guinea’s wild orchids and their habitats.

To provide information and increase awareness amongst orchid enthusiasts.

To make these presentations available to orchid societies, through personal presentation or on CD-ROM, for the benefit of members.

This trip was undertaken from 13/4/05 to 1/5/06. Over 2,000 photographs were taken of over 170 species observed in flower in the wild, plus habitats, landscapes and cultural history.

Many presentations have since been made at orchid societies and conferences and articles published in orchid journals.