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Threatened species

Pale Yellow Doubletail - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Diuris flavescens
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 19 Dec 2008
Profile last updated: 24 Jul 2019


A ground orchid belonging to the Doubletail, or Donkey Orchid, group, it is a small herb with two leaves to 17 cm long, at the base of the plant. In spring the plant produces a 20 cm flowering stem with up to six flowers. The mustard-yellow and brown flowers overlap vertically and are about 16 mm across. They have the typical yellow ‘donkey ear’ sepals bent back at the top, and narrow, darker sepals crossed below the flower forming the ‘doubletail’. An upper sepal projects over the flower like a veranda and has two brown markings, while the lower tongue-like petal has a slight ridged fold down its centre.


Known only from the Wingham-Tinonee area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in grassy tall eucalypt forest with Kangaroo Grass and Bladey Grass on brown clay soil.
  • Flowers September to October.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None