Diuris behrii Schltdl.

Golden Cowslips

Linnaea 20: 572 (1849) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering plant to 50 cm tall. Leaves usually 3–6, narrow-linear, grass-like, to 20 cm long, in loose, erect tussock. Flowers 1–4, drooping, bright yellow with an orange labellum, dark streaks present on both sides of labellum and dorsal sepal; pedicel enclosed within bract; dorsal sepal projected forward or obliquely erect, ovate, to 17 mm long, margins sometimes irregular; lateral sepals obliquely defiexed, parallel, linear-lanceolate, to 25 mm long, greenish; petals spreading or drooping, to 25 mm long, claw green, lamina narrow-ovate or elliptic, yellow. Labellum to 28 mm long, orange, often with brownish streaks; lateral lobes small, oblong, with irregularly toothed margins; mid-lobe broadly wedge-shaped, outer margins often irregular, callus of 2 widely separated, pubescent, longitudinal ridges, extending onto base of mid-lobe, uniting and continuing as single ridge nearly to the apex. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MuM, NIS, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Locally common in grassland and open woodland mostly in western Victoria.

Diuris behrii flowers later than D. chryseopsis in Victoria, and has larger, more boldly striped flowers.

Natural hybrids are known to occur with D. pardina.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Diuris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Diuris behrii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Diuris behrii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory