Cataby Peregrination


Cataby 170Km north of Perth in Western Australia could hardly be called the epicentre of the universe. There’s a titanium mine to the north and a mineral sands operation just south. There is the Cataby Important Bird Area just 2Km outside the settlement. None of these were the reason for my visit. I was there to explore the scrubland that runs along side the Brand Highway looking for orchids, in particular the Arrowsmith Pansy – insert politically incorrect joke here. I must say that when I first pulled up I didn’t expect to find much. The low lying scrub was difficult to walk in and it was very difficult to see the smaller plants. Here’s what I found.


Arrowsmith Pansy Orchid by Paul Amyes on

Arrowsmith Pansy Orchid, Diuris sp ‘Arrowsmith’. Cataby, Western Australia.


Autumn Leek Orchid, by Paul Amyes on

Autumn Leek Orchid, Prasophyllum parvifolium. Cataby, Western Australia.


Winter Donkey Orchid by Paul Amyes on

Winter Donkey Orchid, Diuris brumalis. Cataby, Western Australia.


Hairy-stemmed Snail Orchid by Paul Amyes on

Hairy stemmed snail orchid,Pterostylis sp. ‘hairy’. Cataby, Western Australia.


Northern Banded Greenhood by Paul Amyes on

Northern Banded Greenhood, Pterostylis sp ‘Dongara’. Cataby, Western Australia.