Leopard Orchid Diuris pardina

One day I decided to walk up the nearby Chandler Hill (part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park) to see if I could get any good photos of some Alpine Greenhoods, which I knew to grow in profusion here. Almost immediately however I stumbled across a Leopard Orchid and so I was distracted for the rest of the day. Although the sun was out briefly, it became very overcast and began raining after a while. I was creeping through the bushes, hoping for, and finding, more glints of yellow. Some of these photos were taken while balancing an umbrella on my head and protecting the camera from rain.

Diuris maculata has often been mistaken for Diuris maculata, which doesn't have a purple stem, and possibly used to be classed as such.

Flowering Time Flower Numbers Maximum Height Flower Size
Spring
September
4 to 11 flowers off single stalk 50cm 15x15mm (not including 'ears')

Diuris pardina
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Leopard Orchid in the rain
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Diuris pardina in the rain
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Leopard Orchid
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Diuris pardina
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Leopard Orchid full plant
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Diuris pardina
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Leopard Orchid front and rear of flowers
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Leopard Orchid
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Diuris pardina
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Leopard Orchid flower closeup
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