Dipodium pulchellum

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Dipodium pulchellum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Genus: Dipodium
Species: D. pulchellum
Binomial name
Dipodium pulchellum
D.L. Jones & M.L.Clem [1][2]

Dipodium pulchellum is a leafless mycoheterotrophic orchid that is endemic to north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland in Australia.


For most of the year, plants are dormant and have no above-ground presence. Below the ground lie fleshy roots. Flower spikes between 27 and 90 cm in height appear in summer.[3] These racemose inflorescences have 5 to 40 pink flowers with darker blotches. The sepals and petals are more or less straight and the labellum is dark-reddish pink with mauve hairs.[4]


The species was formally described in 1987 by Australian botanists David Lloyd Jones and Mark Clements. The type specimen was collected in the Tallebudgera Range in Queensland.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Dipodium pulchellum occurs in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales near Wardell, Grevillia and Tia Falls.[4]


Pollination of this species, as for all species in the genus, is by native bees and wasps.[3]


No leafless species of Dipodium has been sustained in cultivation due to the inability to replicate its association with mycorrhizal fungi in a horticultural context..[3]


  1. ^ a b "'Dipodium pulchellum D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.'". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dipodium pulchellum D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem". The Plant List version 1.1. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Jones, David L. (2006). A complete guide to native orchids of Australia, including the island territories. Australia: Reed New Holland Publishers. ISBN 9781877069123. 
  4. ^ a b Weston, P.H. "Dipodium pulchellum D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 

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