The common name for Diuris behrii is ‘golden cowslip’ orchid, however this wonderful native orchid with brilliant yellow flowers deserves a little better.
This is a terrestrial orchid that requires well drained but moisture retentive soil, long grass like foliage and flowers from to 3 – 5cm.
Tall growing with the flowers appearing on long stems to .5m in small clusters. The golden flowers are striped and gently droop on the end of the long stems.
This is a spring flowering species and is from the Western plains of Victoria. Found naturally in the native grasslands around the open Iron Bark forests its natural habitat has been largely destroyed by grazing.
Also found through southern New South Wales and in similar country in Tasmania and South Australia.
Where to see Diuris behrii
If you wanted to see these orchids and many other wonderful species then you could try around Stawell or Dunkeld in the Grampians where Diuris behrii are sighted.
A little more accessible would be a trip to Vale Park Our Patch on the banks of the Torrens river in Adelaide might be your best chance, Diuris behrii has been reintroduced as part of re vegetation project.
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