Dipodium roseum D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem

Hyacinth Orchid

in D.L.Jones, New Taxa Austral. Orchid. (Austral. Orchid Res. 2) 51 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leafless plant, 30–90 cm tall. Stem green to dark reddish-black, inflorescence shorter than subtending flowering stem. Pedicels (including ovary) 15–23 mm long; flowers c. 15–40, pale rose pink with small, darker pink to red spots, rarely white, perianth segments strongly recurved in distal third. Sepals and petals linear to linear-elliptic, 12–20 mm long, 3–6 mm wide, petals and lateral sepals slightly asymmetric. Labellum 10–15 mm long, pink with darker pink longitudinal lines; lateral lobes linear-spathulate, upcurved, clasping column, sparsely hairy on inside of base; mid-lobe elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 6–9 mm long; lamina callus of 2 tapered, linear, more or less parallel, pubescent keels; central band of mauve hairs (c. 0.5 mm long) from apex of callus to apex of mid-lobe, usually occupying most of the dorsal surface in proximal half of mid-lobe. Flowers Dec.–Apr.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. The most widespread and common Dipodium in Victoria, found in all but the north-west corner of the state (one unconfirmed record from `near Dimboola'). Usually growing in forests on poor sandy or rocky soils.

Dipodium pardalinum has paler, more heavily spotted flowers than D. roseum, including a spotted labellum (longitudinally striped in D. roseum).

This species was previously included in a more broadly circumscribed D. punctatum. See also notes under D. variegatum.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-10-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Dipodium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dipodium roseum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dipodium roseum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory