Diuris perialla D.L.Jones & C.J.French 2012 Drawing by Paul Winthrop and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

ColdEARLY

Common Name The Early Diuris [refers to its early bloom time]

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Western Australia at elevations around 500 meters as a to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 3, basal, semi-erect to lax, conduplicate, linear to linear-lanceolate, bright green, acute to acuminate, often recurved, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the early winter on an erect, slender, green, 6 to 14" [15 to 35 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with sometimes a basal, extended, leaf-like bract

This species is similar to D brumalis but differs in having a shorter habit [to 35 cm tall], up to four flowers [D brumalis has up to 15], recurved lateral sepals [they are straight in D brumalis], a larger labellum with a broadly cuneate midlobe about as long as the lateral lobes, and its distribution is farther to the north.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *THe Australian Orchid Review 10/11 2012 Diuris perialla, A New Species From Western Australia with affinities to Diuris brumalis Jones & French 2012

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