Diuris dendrobioides Fitzg.

Austral. Orch. 1 (7): t.3 (1882) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant usually 20–40 cm tall, slender to moderately stout. Leaves 1 or 2, linear, channelled, 10–25 cm long. Flowers 1–9, erect, pale lilac to mauve, often with darker spots and suffusions, sometimes fragrant; pedicel (excluding ovary) 2–5 cm long, mostly enclosed within bract; dorsal sepal erect, broadly ovate, 15–20 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, usually parallel, narrow-linear, greatly exceeding petals, 50–90 mm long; petals obliquely erect or recurved, ovate to elliptic, tapering to base, 12–20 mm long. Labellum 3-lobed from base, 10–13 mm long; lateral lobes erect, about half as long as mid-lobe, oblong, margins entire; mid-lobe keeled, long-clawed, broadly fan-shaped, margins irregular, with 2 longitudinal yellow ridges from the base ending in tooth-like processes around midway along lamina. Column narrowly winged. Flowers Nov.-Dec.

NIS, VRiv. Also NSW, ACT. Extremely rare in Victoria where known only from grasslands in the vicinity of Wodonga.

A taxon similar to Diuris dendrobioides from Gippsland. (see D. sp. aff. dendrobioides (Bairnsdale)) has generally shorter scapes, slightly shorter lateral sepals and flowers earlier.

A possible natural hybrid between Diuris punctata and D. dendrobioides has been recorded for Victoria.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-02-06
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Diuris
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Diuris dendrobioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Diuris dendrobioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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