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Genus Diuris Family Orchidaceae

Description: Terrestrial herbs, sympodial; roots subterranean, filamentous; tuberoids paired.

Leaves basal, 1–10 per shoot, distichous or spirally arranged, conduplicate.

Inflorescence racemose, >1-flowered, terminal; flowers resupinate. Dorsal sepal free, shorter than lateral sepals, erect or reflexed; lateral sepals free, narrow; lateral petals free, longer to shorter than lateral sepals, distinctly clawed, with rounded to ovate lamina. Labellum free, attached at base of column; lamina deeply 3-lobed, with 2 longitudinal keels. Column with stamen and style almost completely free, stubby; column wings almost entirely free, armlike. Column foot absent. Anther erect, parallel to the axis of the filament, persistent. Pollinia 2, soft and mealy. Stigma entire. Rostellum apical.

Photo J. Plaza

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 40 species, Australia & Timor. Australia: c. 39 species (endemic), all States except N.T.

The hybrids **D.X nebulosa D. L. Jones (NC, CC, SC) and **DX polymorpha Messmer [D. victoriensis Messmer] (CT) are not described in the text.

Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Diuris arenaria,    Diuris behrii,    Diuris byronensis,    Diuris callitrophila,    Diuris chryseopsis,    Diuris curta,    Diuris eborensis,    Diuris fucosa,    Diuris minor,    Diuris monticola,    Diuris nigromontana,    Diuris ochroma,    Diuris orientis,    Diuris parvipetala,    Diuris subalpina,    Diuris systena,    Diuris unica

 Key to the species 
1Lateral lobes of the labellum about as long as or longer than the midlobe2
Lateral lobes of the labellum much shorter than the midlobe7
2Flowers orange, usually lacking any markingsDiuris aequalis
Flowers yellow to golden with reddish brown or blackish markings
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3Labellum with a single callus ridgeDiuris corymbosa
Labellum with 2 callus ridges
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4Labellum midlobe obovate when flattened, lateral sepals parallelDiuris brevissima
Labellum midlobe cuneate when flattened, lateral sepals crossed and recurved beneath the labellum
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5Lateral lobes of labellum usually larger than midlobeDiuris semilunulata
Lateral lobes of labellum usually smaller than midlobe
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6Flowers yellow, dotted and spotted with dark markings (mainly coastal)Diuris maculata
Flowers yellow to golden, heavily blotched and suffused with dark markings (mainly inland)
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Diuris pardina
7Lateral sepals deflexed, hanging away from the labellum8
Lateral sepals directed upward and outward under the labellum
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8Lateral sepals much longer than the petals9
Lateral sepals about as long as the petals
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9Flowers white, lilac, mauve or purple10
Flowers yellowish to clear yellow, golden or orange
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10Petal claw gradually expanded into the lamina11
Petal lamina suddenly expanded at the apex of the claw
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11Labellum spathulate, midlobe ovate-cordate when flattenedDiuris striata
Labellum broad-obovate, midlobe circular-flabellate when flattened
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Diuris dendrobioides
12Flowers 5–6 cm across, lilac, mauve or purple, petals erectDiuris punctata
Flowers c. 2 cm across, white with lilac or purple markings, petal lamina recurved
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Diuris alba
13Flowers yellowish, heavily suffused with mauve and purpleDiuris nebulosa
Flowers clear yellow, golden or orange, often with some light markings on the labellum, not heavily suffused
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14Flowers arranged on 1 side of the rachisDiuris secundiflora
Flowers arranged around the rachis
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15Petal claw expanded gradually into the laminaDiuris tricolor
Petal lamina distinctly and suddenly expanded at the apex of the claw
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Diuris punctata
16Callus ridges irregularly pubescent towards the apexDiuris x polymorpha
Callus ridges lacking any pubescence
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17Raceme with about 5 prominent, curved, linear bractsDiuris bracteata
Raceme with 2 or 3 bracts, usually not either prominent or curved
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18Labellum callus of a single ridgeDiuris sulphurea
Labellum callus of two ridges
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19Flowers bright golden yellow to orange20
Flowers lemon yellow to yellow
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20Flowers c. 3.5 cm acrossDiuris aurea
Flowers c. 2 cm across
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Diuris chrysantha
21Flowers more or less nodding22
Flowers erect
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22Petal lamina elliptic, labellum midlobe mainly elliptic to obovate when flattened; coastal species flowering July to early SeptDiuris praecox
Petal lamina mainly ovate, labellum midlobe mainly ovate to circular when flattened; inland ranges and tablelands, flowering Sept.–Nov
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Diuris abbreviata
23Flowers widely spaced in the racemeDiuris disposita
Flowers closely spaced in the raceme
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24Lateral lobes of labellum 4–7 mm long; raceme usually 30–70 cm high25
Lateral lobes of labellum linear to narrow-ovate, 0.8–1.2 mm wide; raceme 10–20 cm high
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Diuris flavescens
25Lateral lobes of labellum linear, c. 1 mm wideDiuris platichila
Lateral lobes of labellum narrow-ovate, c. 2–4 mm wide
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Diuris goonooensis
26Flowers white to lilac with numerous purple striationsDiuris venosa
Flowers yellow to orange
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27Leaves 2; raceme 6–18 cm high; flowers 1 or 2, 1.5–2 cm acrossDiuris pedunculata
Leaves 3–9; raceme 15–40 cm high; flowers 1–4, 2.5–4 cm across
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Diuris lanceolata

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