Diuris platichila Fitzg. 1891

Another Flower Photos by Colin & Mischa Rowan and their The Retired Aussies Website


Common Name The Broad Diuris - The Blue Mountains Doubletail

Flower Size 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm]

Found in Queensland to New South Wales Australia in drier open forest with sparse understory at elevations of 200 to 900 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender, upper part dark purple stem carrying 1 to 2, linear, rather rigid, conduplicate leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, flexuous, 12 to 28" [30 to 70 cm] long, 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

There is a great variability in flower shape and brown coloration on the yellow in this species.

Synonyms Diuris cuneilabris Rupp 1948; Diuris curtifolia Rupp 1955; Diuris flavopurpurea Messmer 1943 publ. 1944; Diuris goonooensis Rupp 1955; Diuris lineata Messmer in H.M.R.Rupp 1943 publ. 1944; Diuris maculosissima Rupp 1955

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as D flavopurpurea drawing ok; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as D lineata drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as D goonooensis photo good; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good