Australian Native Plants

  Dipodium roseum (Pink Hyacinth Orchid)


Dipodium roseum photo
Dipodium roseum

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Dipodium roseum photo
Hyacinth Orchid. taken in south-eastern australia

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Dipodium roseum in Australia

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


Common Name
Pink Hyacinth Orchid

Other Names
Rosy Hyacinth Orchid

Description
The Pink Hyacinth Orchid is a fairly large terrestrial orchid with flowering stems growing to about a metre tall. It produces clusters of up to forty pink flowers in summer from November to March. The individual flowers are rosy pink with darker pink spots on the petals and sepals. The plant has very small insignificant leaves of 1cm to 2 cm long. It is a saprophytic orchid, which means that it obtains its nutrients from organic matter in the soil. The fruit is a capsule containing fine dust like seed. This species is similar to the Hyacinth Orchid (Dipodium punctatum).

Height
30cm - 100cm

Habitat
grows in shady position in woodland, dry forest and wet eucalypt forest

Distribution
Dipodium punctatum is found in eastern New South Wales and over the border into south east Queensland, Victoria, south eastern South Australia and Tasmania



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Dipodium
Species:roseum
Common Name:Pink Hyacinth Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Dipodium elegantulum
  Dipodium punctatum
  Dipodium stenochilum