Australian Native Plants

  Diuris pardina (Leopard Orchid)

Diuris pardina photo
Leopard Orchid, Diuris pardina. Southern mid-lands of Tasmania

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Diuris pardina, Paddys Ranges State Park, Victoria, Australia

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Diuris pardina photo
Diuris pardina

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


distribution map showing range of Diuris pardina in Australia

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

Common Name
Leopard Orchid

Other Names
Burny Burny, Diuris maculosissima

The Leopard Orchid is a terrestrial orchid species from south eastern Australia. It produces clusters of flowers with up to ten individual flowers about 3 cm in diameter in a cluster. The flowers are yellow with numerous reddish brown blotches on all the petals and sepals. The amount of reddish markings varies with some plants having almost all yellow lateral petals. Flowering is in spring from September to November. The plant develops two or three narrow grassy leaves that grow to about 30 cm in length and 5 mm wide. The plant produces tubers which spread and help the plant to spread into large colonies.

grassy areas in eucalypt forest, woodland

Diuris pardina is found in occurs in south eastern New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania,

Growth Characteristics
Height: 15cm - 40cm

Common Name:Leopard Orchid

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