Diuris – Donkey orchids, bee orchids, nanny goat orchids and pansy orchids.

Diuris corymbosa complex (Donkey orchids)

Flowering – June to early December

There are 26 Western Australian species

  • Colony forming habit
  • Broad, often prominently reflexed dorsal sepal
  • Narrow, hanging or reflexed lateral sepals
  • Mostly winter-spring flowering

Common donkey orchid (Diuris corymbosa) 13/08/2017

Beautiful donkey orchid (Diuris pulchella) 25/6/2017

Dunsborough donkey orchid (Diuris jonesii)

Yellow granite donkey orchid (Diuris hazeliae) 07/09/2017

Green Range donkey orchid (Diuris littoralis) 25/07/2015

Pale donkey orchid (Diuris sp. ‘mid-north’)

Dainty donkey orchid (Diuris refracta)

South coast donkey orchid (Diuris sp. ‘south coast’) 01/08/2015

Sandplain donkey orchid (Diuris tinctoria)

Western wheatbelt donkey orchid (Diuris brachyscapa) 29/07/2015

Small flowered donkey orchid (Diuris porrifolia) 13/08/2017

Winter donkey orchid (Diuris brumalis) 12/08/2018


Diuris laxiflora complex (Bee orchids)

Flowering – August to January

There are 18 Western Australian species

  • Long, terete leaves. Circular in cross-section
  • Erect, tapering dorsal sepal
  • Forward projecting lateral sepals
  • Labellum usually longer than lateral lobes

Common bee orchid (Diuris decrementa)


Diuris laevis complex (Nanny goat orchids)

Flowering – September to November

There are 2 Western Australian species

  • Flowering stimulated by summer fire
  • Laterally splayed petals and a small dorsal sepal
  • Flattened labellum mid lobe

Pansy orchids are included in the Corymbosa complex.