Australian Native Plants

  Diuris sulphurea (Tiger Orchid)


Diuris sulphurea photo
Diuris sulphurea, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Photograph by Donald Hobern from Canberra. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Diuris sulphurea photo
tiger orchid (Diuris sulphurea), near Ridge St, Lawson in Blue Mtns

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




TIGER ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Diuris sulphurea in Australia

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


Common Name
Tiger Orchid

Description
the Tiger Orchid is a ground orchid from eastern Australia. The flowers are bright yellow with dark reddish brown patches on the dorsal sepal and labellum (the lip). Like other donkey Orchids, the two lateral sepals are narrow and point downwards. Flowers are produced in clusters of up to about six flowers and flowering period is in spring from about October to November. The plant usually produces from one to three narrow grassy leaves that grow to about 50 cm long and about 4 mm wide. The leaves are folded along their length into a "v" shape.

Height
20cm - 60cm

Habitat
open woodland

Distribution
Diuris sulphurea is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Diuris
Species:sulphurea
Common Name:Tiger Orchid


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 punctata