Australian Native Plants

  Diuris punctata (Purple Diuris)


Diuris punctata photo
Australian orchid, the Purple Diuris (Diuris punctata)

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Diuris punctata photo
Diuris punctata from the headland at Hat Head, NSW, Australia

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Diuris punctata photo
Diuris punctata

Photograph by Harry Rose from South West Rocks, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PURPLE DIURIS FACTS

distribution map showing range of Diuris punctata in Australia

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


Common Name
Purple Diuris

Other Names
Purple Donkey Orchid

Description
The Purple Diuris is a deciduous terrestrial orchid. It has between one and three green grassy leaves to about 25 cm in length and 4 mm wide. It produces clusters of between one and ten purple flowers on each stem. The individual flowers are about 5 cm in diameter and are purple with some darker purple markings. The greenish brown lateral sepals are long and narrow. Flowering is in spring from October to November. The plant dies back in summer and grows from a tuber in autumn.

Height
50cm

Habitat
grassland, heathland, open woodland

Distribution
Diuris punctata is found in eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria and south east of South Australia



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Diuris
Species:punctata
Common Name:Purple Diuris


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