Dipodium punctatum

Purple Hyacinth-orchid

See Dipodium roseum. Saprophytic herb (relying on dead or decaying plants for food).

Additional information

  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • Flower colourPale to bright pink
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersThe 15-30 flowers have heavy darker blotches and open widely. The petals and sepals are not curved back.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Garden useUse of orchids in gardens is not recommended, unless they already occur naturally, in which case they need to be protected. Removing orchids from the bush usually results in their death and further depletes remaining wild orchid populations.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusUnknown status. Early collections may be mis-identifications for D. roseum. Plant communities selected are an assumption only.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Colin Rowan ©; 2 Mischa Rowan ©

Plant Communities

  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
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