Dipodium pardalinum D.L.Jones 1996 Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website


Common Name The Spotted Dipodium - The Spotted Hyacinth

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

This large sized, leafless, cool to cold growing terrestrial species is found in Australia in the states of Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania occuring in woodland, open and heathy forests where it blooms in the summer on a to 3' [90 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with successively opening flowers. Appears to have a strong dependence on eucalypts and unlikely to be found in forests without eucalypts being present. It is possible that this orchid is parasitic on the fungus normally associated with the roots of the eucalypt.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide