Australian Native Plants

  Diuris behrii (Golden Cowslips)


Diuris behrii photo
Diuris behrii, Illabarook Grasslands, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




GOLDEN COWSLIPS FACTS

distribution map showing range of Diuris behrii in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Golden Cowslips

Other Names
Behr's Cowslip Orchid

Description
Golden Cowslips is a terrestrial orchid in the Diuris (Donkey Orchid) genus. The flowers are produced in small clusters of up to four, and each individual flower is about 4 cm across. The flowers are golden yellow and usually have darker stripes on the labellum and dorsal sepal. The lateral sepals are narrow Flowering is in spring from September to November. The plant has three to six narrow grass like leaves that grow to about 20 cm long and less than 1 cm wide. . It is listed as vulnerable in Victoria and South Australia according to the Atlas of Living Australia.

Height
50cm

Habitat
grows in woodland, grassland, and open grassy areas in forest

Distribution
Golden Cowslips is found in south east New South Wales, Victoria and southern South Australia

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Diuris
Species:behrii
Common Name:Golden Cowslips


Relatives in same Genus
  Diuris aurea
  Diuris brevifolia
  Diuris brumalis
  Diuris corymbosa
  Diuris drummondii
  Diuris magnifica
  Diuris nigromontana
  Diuris pardina
  Diuris praecox
  Diuris punctata
  Diuris sulphurea