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Oaklands Diuris - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Diuris sp. (Oaklands, D.L. Jones 5380)
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 09 Feb 2001
Profile last updated: 02 Mar 2022


Diuris is a large genus of terrestrial orchids, which are commonly called 'donkey orchids'. Oaklands Diuris is related to the Victorian species D. fragrantissima but differs from it in a number of characteristics: it is much more robust and has larger leaves; the flower-stem is to 50 cm tall, compared to 20 cm; there are up to nine flowers per flower-stem, compared to six; the flowers are slightly fragrant compared to being intensely fragrant with a strong spicy scent. It also has longer lateral sepals and a larger column. Unlike many species in the genus, which are yellow (often in combination with purple) in colour, the flowers of Oaklands Diuris are white and purple.


Currently known only from the Oaklands-Urana region of southern NSW.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in White Cypress Pine (Callitris glaucophylla) Woodland, either among dense grasses in flat areas with associated eucalypts, or amongst sparse grasses and forbs on low sandhills.
  • Grows mostly on sandy loam soils.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Known None
RiverinaMurrumbidgee Known East of Jerilderie