With its distinctive striped flowers Diuris sulphurea is commonly known as the Tiger Orchid. Bright yellow flowers with deep red to brown markings on the lower petal.
Found in from New South Wales Victoria and Tasmania with some populations in southern Queensland this is a terrestrial orchid that thives in well drained but moisture retentive soil.
Found at high altitudes as well as in lower foothill areas if left in its natural habitat it is hardy and will form a good colony.
Long thin grass like foliage to 60cm is difficult to notice in spring. The tall flower spikes that can reach 50 – 60 cm are prominent.
Growing in open forest areas this is another species endangered by grazing and development. These orchids do not transplant easily so cultivation is a long process from seed.
- Natural Habitat – Light to part shade in open woodland areas, well drained soil.
- Height – Variable height from 30 cm to 50 cm depending on soil and conditions.
- Foliage – Slender upright mid green, strappy or grass like.
- Flower – Flowers appear, yellow with deep red to purple markings.
- Flowering Period – Spring
- Conditions – Well drained soil, light shade.
- Landscaping Uses – Can be grown in a native woodland setting.
- Propagation – From seed or by division of tubers from larger colonies.
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