Diuris - Donkey Orchids

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There are numerous orchids in this group of which many remain undescribed. With the exception of the Tuart Rufous Greenhood, they are mostly found from the western edge of the wheatbelt to the edge of the inland desert. Most species start flowering at the end of spring when the soil is drying out and the leaves are often withered when the first flowers open.

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Diuris brumalis
Winter Donkey Orchid

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Diuris brumalis
Winter Donkey Orchid

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Diuris brumalis
Winter Donkey Orchid

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Diuris brumalis
Winter Donkey Orchid

The Winter Donkey Orchid is the first Diuris to flower each year, starting in late June. It is common in the hills above Perth

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Diuris longifolia
Purple Pansy Orchid

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Diuris longifolia
Purple Pansy Orchid

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Diuris longifolia
Purple Pansy Orchid

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Diuris longifolia
Purple Pansy Orchid

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Diuris longifolia
Purple Pansy Orchid

The Purple Pansy Orchid is much the same in shape and size as the Winter Donkey Orchid but is much more colourful with varying amounts of purple.  it is found between Perth and Albany.

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Diuris magnifica
Pansy Orchid

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Diuris magnifica
Pansy Orchid

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Diuris magnifica
Pansy Orchid

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Diuris magnifica
Pansy Orchid

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Diuris magnifica
Pansy Orchid

This orchid is similar to the Purple Pansy but has larger flowers with less purple colouring and much taller plants.  It is common in remnant bushland in Perth.

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Diuris laxiflora
Bee Orchid

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Diuris laxiflora
Bee Orchid

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Diuris laxiflora
Bee Orchid

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Diuris aff laxiflora
Canningvale Bee Orchid

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Diuris aff laxiflora
Canningvale Bee Orchid

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Diuris laxiflora
  Bee Orchid

The Bee Orchid is common throughout the Darling Range and western wheatbelt.  It is a small orchid, about half the size of the Common Donkey Orchid and is usually found in swampy areas.

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Diuris drummondii
Tall Donkey Orchid

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Diuris drummondii
Tall Donkey Orchid

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Diuris drummondii
Tall Donkey Orchid

The Tall Donkey Orchid usually only flowers after a summer burn.  Plants are very tall, reaching up to 70cm.  It is a rare species, found in scattered populations between Perth and Albany.


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Diuris setacea
Bristly Donkey Orchid

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Diuris setacea
Bristly Donkey Orchid

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Diuris setacea
Bristly Donkey Orchid

The distinguishing feature of this species is the multiple, thin, spiral leaves.  It prefers gravelly soils and is seen at its best after a summer burn.  It is widespread from Kalbarri to east of Albany and out to the central wheatbelt.

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Diuris corymbosa
Common Donkey Orchid

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Diuris corymbosa
Common Donkey Orchid

Very similar to the Winter Donkey Orchid, this species is identified by its large, yellow flowers and straight lateral sepals.  It flowers several weeks after the Winter Donkey Orchid, starting in August.


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