Diuris filifolia Lindl. 1840Photography by I & M Greeve, M Hancock and G Brockman . Image used with the permission of the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Environment and Conservation (http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/help/copyright). Accessed on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 and The Flora Base Website

Part sunCold Spring

Common Name The Thread-like Leaved Diuris - The Cat Face Orchid

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in southwestern Western Australia as a small to medium sized, deciduous, cold growing terrestrial species found in moist grassy areas in sandy soils at elevations of 150 to 250 meters with 6 to 13, conduplicate, straight, linear leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence.

This orchids blooming habit is greating enhanced by summer fires.


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