A unique Diuris species both in habitat and flower form, Diuris conspicillata is found growing amongst granite outcrops near Esperance in Western Australia.
The common name of Spectacled Donkey Orchid comes from the distinct makings on the lateral labellum lobes.
This is an orchid that grows from tubers and is naturally in small pockets in the granite where some humus has built up and holds some moisture from seepage. This coastal area around Esperance has limestone outcrops which gives us a picture of the soil requirements.
Although only found in a limited range, Diuris conspicillata is not seem as threatened in the wild.
Like most other Diuris or ‘Donkey Orchid’ species, this is an orchid that can be grown from seed and is often seen grown by member of Australian Native Orchid Societies although rarely offered for sale outside of these circles.
It is also possible to propagate from division of the tubers if the orchid is grown in containers.
- Botanical Name – Diuris conspicillata
- Common Name – Spectacled Donkey Orchid
- Position – Sun to light afternoon shade.
- Soil – Sandy with some moisture.
- Height – To 35cm (14 inches)
- Flowers – Yellow with red to brown markings
- Flower size – To 4 cm across.
- Flowering Time – Spring
- Foliage – Grass like