Dipodium variegatum (ORCHIDACEAE) Hyacinth Orchid

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Terrestrial saprophyte orchid (reduced leaves, derives nourishment from decaying material) in open eucalypt forest throughout Brisbane, sometimes in the hundreds in a good flowering season. Found in littoral rainforest, subtropical rainforest, dry rainforest, wet sclerophyll forests, dry sclerophyll forests, grassy sclerophyll forests, dry sclerophyll woodlands, and riparian (stream-side) areas. Often produces three or four flower stems, a new stem growing as the old stem finishes. Peak flowering period is January, but also sporadically throughout the year. Flower stem to about 60 cm with up to 20 flowers each about 20 mm across, white or light pink with large maroon blotches. The ovary and pedicel are spotted with maroon. Similar to Dipodium punctatum and Dipodium roseum, but can be distinguished by the maroon spotting on the ovary and pedicel.

Photo: Melinda Mclean