Australian Native Plants

  Diuris corymbosa (Common Donkey Orchid)

Diuris corymbosa photo
Diuris Corymbosa

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Diuris corymbosa photo
Common Donkey Orchid (Diuris corymbosa ), Drummond Nature Reserve, near Bolgart Western Australia.

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Diuris orientis

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distribution map showing range of Diuris corymbosa in Australia

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Common Name
Common Donkey Orchid

Other Names
Wallflower donkey orchid, Wallflower orchid, Diuris orientis

The Common Donkey Orchid is a tuberous ground growing orchid. It has yellow petals, with orange or reddish brown on the labellum and dorsal sepal. The large yellow lateral petals stick up like ears. The lateral sepals are narrow and greenish. The flowers are about 2.5 cm across and grow in clusters of about half a dozen individual flowers. Flowering is spring from August to October. It has two or three narrow grass like leaves growing to about 20 cm long. The leaves are folded along their length into a channel shape. This species is also known as Diuris orientis.

grassland, heath, woodland, open forest, sand plains

Diuris corymbosa is found in south western parts of Western Australia from Geraldton to Esperance, eastern New South Wales, southern Victoria, south east of South Australia and northern Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 20cm - 30cm

Common Name:Common Donkey Orchid

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