Dipodium pictum

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Dipodium pictum
Dipodium pictum - Curtis' 130 (Ser. 3 no. 60) pl. 7951 (1904).jpg
Illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1904
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Genus: Dipodium
Species: D. pictum
Binomial name
Dipodium pictum
(Lindl.) Rchb.f.[1][2][3]

Dipodium pictum, commonly known as brittle climbing-orchid or climbing hyacinth-orchid,[4] is an orchid species that is native to Malesia (including Indonesia and New Guinea) and the Cape York Peninsula in Australia.[5]


Dipodium pictum is a slender vine with leaves that are arranged in a single plane These have overlapping bases and are about 30 to 40 cm long and 2 to 3 cm wide. The flowers are about 5 cm in diameter and have maroon spots.[5]


The species was formally described in 1849 in The Journal of the Horticultural Society of London by English botanist John Lindley who gave it the name Wailesia picta.[6] It was transferred to the genus Dipodium by German botanist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach in 1862.[2]

Dipodium pandanum, a species formally described by Frederick Manson Bailey in 1902, is treated as a synonym of Dipodium pictum in the Australian Plant Census.[3] However,the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families records it as a synonym of Dipodium scandens.[7] The type specimen for Dipodum pandanum was collected near Samarai in Papua New Guinea.[5]


In Australia it is found within or on the edge of rainforest, often near watercourses, at altitudes ranging from 200 to 400 metres. Only four specimens have been recorded in Australia; from Iron Range National Park and a timber reserve in the McIlwraith Range on the Cape York Peninsula.[4]


In Australia, the species is listed as "endangered" under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act as well as Queensland's Nature Conservation Act.[8]


  1. ^ "Dipodium pictum (Lindl.) Rchb.f.". The Plant List version 1.1. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dipodium pictum (Lindl.) Rchb.f., Xenia Orchid. 2: 15 (1862).". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dipodium pandanum F.M.Bailey". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Approved Conservation Advice for Dipodium pictum" (PDF). Threatened Species Scientific Committee. 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Hyland, B. P. M.; Whiffin, T.; Zich, F. A.; et al. (Dec 2010). "Factsheet – Dipodium pictum". Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants. Edition 6.1, online version [RFK 6.1]. Cairns, Australia: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through its Division of Plant Industry; the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wailesia picta Lindl.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dipodium pandanum F.M.Bailey". The Plant List version 1.1. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dipodium pictum". SPRAT Profile. Department of the Environment (Australia). Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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