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Rosy Hyacinth Orchid

The solitary specimen of Dipodium pulchellum (until proven otherwise), the Rosy Hyacinth Orchid, has at long last flowered. The flowering has helped to identify it – it’s not, as best I can determine, a Dipodium variegatum. The latter’s flowers are more self-coloured rather than spotted or mottled.

Here are three views of the orchid. The light was fading and the wind was rising (a thunderstorm was approaching). The images are not as sharp as I would like but better to have some images than none (due to the risk of storm damage – last night’s storm had wind gusts up to 75 km/hr).

Dipodium pulchellum
Centre of the flower section.

Dipodium pulchellum
View of the top.

Dipodium pulchellum
A view of the top half of the orchid.


  1. Hyacinth Orchid Blake says:

    Yes, Hyacinth-orchid is really my name. These pictures are so wonderful I’m glad that it is. I don’t even mind someone calling me dipodium pulchellum!

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Gordon,

    This is so exciting as I stumbbled on these flowers whilst camping between Erica and Moe, closer to Moe! I had such a hard time looking to images but found its name in a Australian Orchid book.
    Do you have any idea how I can sucessfully transfer these flowers back to suburbia.. if its even legal?
    Where did you get these pics? – Congrates on great clear shots though!

  3. Simon says:

    Hi Kim,

    It is actually illegal remove native orchids from the bush, even flower parts I believe and would probably require a special permit to do so from DSE. I doubt the hyacinth orchid would survive in your garden, most Australian orchids have a symbiotic relationship with soil fungi that allows them to break down minerals and nutrients from the soil. Best to admire them in their home, it is a very nice treat to be on a bushwalk and see orchids.

    All the best


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