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Dipodium roseum

Rosy Hyacinth-orchid

Saprophytic herb (relying on dead or decaying plants for food. Erect, leafless thick green to purplish-red stem with overlapping sheaths at the base.

Additional information

  • SynonymSeparated from Dipodium punctatum
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestem 0.3-0.9 m high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • LeavesAbsent.
  • Flower colourRose pink with small darker pink to red spots
  • Flowering timeDecember to April
  • FlowersSpike of 15-40 stalked, open flowers. Albino forms rare. Sepals and petals are curved back at the tips. Lip (labellum) has darker pink lines.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingAttracts native bees
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil, often poor or rocky, in open forests. Often found growing close to the base of eucalypts. Semi shade and dappled shade.
  • Garden useNever remove orchids from the bush. Saprophytes do not produce chlorophyll and live off decaying material. Cannot be cultivated.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
  • Related speciesThere is a report of Dipodium campanulatum from one site in the Dandenong Ranges. It can be distinguished by the white bell-shaped flowers which are red spotted. The labellum has red-pink blotches rather than stripes. D. punctatum is also recorded within the Shire. The 15-30 flowers are pale to bright pink with heavy darker blotches and open widely. The petals and sepals are not curved back.
Photographer/s: 1 David Blair ©; 2, 3 Richard Hartlands ©; 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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