Dipodium punctatum

Family Orchidaceae

Terrestrial leafless mycoheterotrophic orchid to 60 cm. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: Up to 60 per inflorescence, pale pink with dark pink spots, summer. Pollinated by native bee Chalicodoma derelicta.

Fruit: Pod or capsule, to 30 mm. Splitting along seams.

Seed: Minute, dust like. Wind-dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat, usually on sandstone.
  • Rare (3 occurances) in remnant woodlands at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Dipodium punctatum plant

Dipodium punctatum flower

Dipodium punctatum fruit

Dipodium punctatum seeds in fruit