!Diuris punctata Sm. 1804

All of flower Photos by Colin Rowan and their The Retired Aussies Website

D punctata var alboviolacea Drawing by W H Nicholls


Common Name The Spotted Diuris

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia in grasslands and grassy woodlands on rich heavy sandy loams at elevations of 100 to 800 meters as a medium sized cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a dark green, slender stem with usually 2, narrowly lanceolate, brownish sheaths and carrying 1 to 4, linear, channeled leaves that blooms in the spring in Australia on an erect, to 24" [60 cm] tall, 1 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION Many references include D daltonii and D dendrobiodes as synonyms of this species but I still have them as separate species.

Synonyms Diuris dendrobioides Fitzg. 1882; Diuris elongata Sw. 1805; Diuris lilacina F.Muell. ex Lindl. 1854; Diuris punctata f. sulfurea (Rupp) Dockrill 1964; Diuris punctata f. sulphurea (Rupp) Dockrill 1964; Diuris punctata var. daltonii C.Walter 1907; Diuris punctata var. sulphurea Rupp 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 8 1958 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing as D puncta var alboviolacea fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 drawing/photo OK; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 1 2002 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as D punctata var sulfurea photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 as H macroceras drawing fide;