Australian Native Plants

  Dipodium stenochilum (Tropical Hyacinth Orchid)


Dipodium stenochilum photo
Dipodium stenocheilum. Charles Darwin National Park, Darwin NT Australia

Photograph by John Tann from Sydney, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Dipodium stenochilum in Australia

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


Common Name
Tropical Hyacinth Orchid

Description
The Tropical Hyacinth Orchid is a terrestrial orchid from the tropical north of Australia. It produces clusters of attractive flowers on a long stem. Each individual flower has white petals and white sepals with small pink spots. The labellum is purple or pink with a hairy tip. This plant is a saprophytic ground orchid (it relies on mycorrhizal fungi which grow in the soil to provide them with nutrients). The fruit of the orchid is a capsule containing fine dust like seed.

Height
to 90cm ?

Habitat
wetlands (including Kakadu in Northern Territory), creek banks

Distribution
Dipodium stenochilum is found in northern Australia in far north Queensland on Cape York peninsula, and the top end of the Northern Territory and far north east of Western Australia

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Dipodium
Species:stenochilum
Common Name:Tropical Hyacinth Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Dipodium elegantulum
  Dipodium punctatum
  Dipodium roseum