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Genus Dichopogon Family Anthericaceae

Description: Perennial herbs, roots with stalked or sessile tubers.

Leaves radical, erect, linear to lanceolate, flat, often withering early; leaf fibres from previous seasons often present.

Inflorescence racemose or paniculate; flowers usually 1–6 per node, chocolate- or vanilla-scented; pedicels erect to nodding, articulate close to flower. Tepals free, rotate to reflexed, not spirally twisted after flowering, bluish to purple to white; outer tepals narrow, 3–5-veined; inner tepals elliptic to circular. Stamens 6; filaments glabrous; anthers linear, longer than filaments, ± latrorse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits, with 2 or 4 densely hairy basal appendages. Ovules 1–6 per loculus; style simple.

Fruit a capsule, sometimes enclosed in persistent perianth; seeds globose to angular, black.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, Australia & New Guinea. Australia: 6 species (5 species endemic), all states except N.T.

This genus should possibly be united with Arthropodium. Dichopogon is sometimes placed in the family Asparagaceae.

Text by J.G. Conran, S. McCune & D.W. Hardin
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Pedicels 1 per nodeDichopogon strictus
Pedicels 2–6 per node2
2Flowers and fruit nodding; stamen appendages usually purpleDichopogon fimbriatus
Flowers and fruit erect; stamen appendages usually yellow
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Dichopogon sp. A sensu Harden (1993)

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