Australian Native Plants

  Diuris brumalis (Winter Donkey Orchid)


Diuris brumalis photo
Donkey Orchid, taken near the peak of Mount Dale in the Darling Escarpement, Western Australia

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Diuris brumalis in Australia

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


Common Name
Winter Donkey Orchid

Description
The Winter Donkey Orchid is a perennial terrestrial orchid for Western Australia. The flowers are mainly yellow with brown markings on the labellum lobes and the dorsal sepal. It has two large erect yellow petals which give the name Donkey Orchid. The lateral sepals are greenish and narrow. As the common name indicates, flowering is in winter (from June to August), with up to twelve flowers in the flowering cluster. The plant develops two or three leaves which are folded lengthwise. The plant grows from a tuber.

Height
20cm - 50cm

Habitat
woodland, forest

Distribution
Diuris brumalis is found in the south-west of Western Australia around Perth and surrounding area

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Diuris
Species:brumalis
Common Name:Winter Donkey Orchid


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