Australian Native Plants

  Diuris magnifica (Pansy Orchid)


Diuris magnifica photo
Diuris magnifica Pansy/ Donkey Orchid

Photograph by Ilena from Perth, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PANSY ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Diuris magnifica in Australia

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


Common Name
Pansy Orchid

Description
The Pansy Orchid has a typical Donkey Orchid shape with the two lateral petals sticking up like ears. It is one of most attractive flowering Diuris orchids, and this is reflected in the species name of magnifica. The dorsal sepal is yellow and orange, and the labellum has three lobes with yellow, orange and purple markings. The lateral sepals hang downwards and are narrow and green. Several flowers are produced on each plant. Flowering is in late winter and spring from August to October. The leaves are narrow and grass like, growing from the base of the plant..

Height
60cm

Habitat
woodland, forest, sand plains

Distribution
Diuris magnifica is found around Perth in Western Australia

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Diuris
Species:magnifica
Common Name:Pansy Orchid


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