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Diuris bracteata - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Diuris bracteata
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Extinct
Gazetted date: 21 Oct 2005
Profile last updated: 12 Jan 2021


Diuris bracteata is a terrestrial ‘donkey’ orchid with yellow flowers with blackish markings. The petals of the flowers (above the centre of the flower) are widely spaced and look somewhat like donkey ears. The lateral sepals (below the centre of the flower) are 9 mm long and 1.5 mm wide and turn abruptly downward and are crossed over. Flowers have been recorded from August to September.


For over 100 years Diuris bracteata was known only from the original collection made near Gladesville in northern Sydney. The complete absence of records for most of the 20th Century resulted in this species being listed as 'presumed extinct' on Part 4 of Schedule 1 of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.  This listing status was updated in 2005 to Endangered under the Act after several specimens were found in the Sydney Basin (Duffy's Forest, Mount White and Kulnura).

In recent years, however, these specimens are considered to have been incorrectly identified and are considered to be Diuris platichila (Peter Weston May 2013).  

The species is considered to be extinct, though the listing status under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 does not yet reflect this status.

Habitat and ecology

  • Dry sclerophyll woodland and forest with a predominantly grassy understorey.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None