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Threatened species

Veined Doubletail - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Diuris venosa
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 24 Jul 2019


A ground orchid belonging to the Donkey Orchid group, the Veined Doubletail is a small colonial herb. It has three to five slender upright leaves to 12 cm long at the base of the plant. In summer the plant produces a flowering stem to 40 cm with up to four compact, nodding flowers. The white and deep red to purple flowers are about 25 mm across. They have two white sepals (petal-like structures) shaped like cow's ears at either side. An upper sepal, marked with purple lines and blotches, projects forward like a veranda over the flower, while the lower tongue-like petal is mainly purple, with white markings around the edge and on its central ridge.


Veined Doubletail is widespread in sub-alpine areas on Barrington Tops and known from Nowendoc and Brackendale, and possibly extends to southern parts of the New England Tableland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Veined Doubletail grows in moist tussock grassland or open shrubland around the margins of subalpine swamps.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Predicted None
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None