Dipodium punctatum (Sm.) R.Br.

Prodr. 331 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leafless plant, 35–80 cm tall. Stem dark reddish-black, inflorescence much shorter than subtending flowering stem. Pedicels (including ovary) 15–20 mm long; flowers c. 15–30, pale pink to bright pink with heavy red blotches, perianth segments widely spreading, tips straight or very slightly recurved toward tips. Sepals and petals linear to linear-elliptic or linear-oblanceolate, 12–17 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, petals and lateral sepals slightly asymmetric. Labellum c. 12–14 mm long, similar to that of D. roseum, but tuft of hairs near apex not as broad (not occupying most of dorsal surface in proximal half of mid-lobe). Flowers Dec.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Also NSW and possibly other states. Widespread and sometimes locally common in open forests of eastern Victoria, less abundant west of Melbourne.

Dipodium punctatum is often confused with D. roseum, but the former usually has darker pink, more heavily blotched flowers with the perianth segments not strongly recurved at the apices.

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 punctatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dipodium punctatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory