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Common Donkey Orchid

Diuris corymbosa


Most orchid species in Australia require a symbiotic relationship with a soil fungus. As their root systems are small an unspecialised they use the fungus hypae to obtain vital nutrients and in return they provide sugar the the fungus. Seeds will not grow if the specific fungus is not present

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craigwilliams 9 years ago

No, I've never had that much disposable income! There are few sources here in Europe and flowering sized tend to be expensive. Combine that with a rep. of being a bit tricky and I've always ended up buying something that was a safer bet. Would love to try one day though. I've got two Aussie Corybas (one of my favourite genera) , I've grown a few Pterostylis (easy & big fan) and Leptoceras (which never flowered and petered out slowly)

My fav. Aussie orchids are Calochilus, but I don't think they've been cultivated successfully yet.

StevenSpragg 9 years ago

Thanks, donkey orchids are truly beautiful. Have you attempted to cultivate any Caladenia?

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Great shot of a lovely Donkey! Diuris are supposed to amongst the easier Australian terrestrials to grow but I never succeeded in getting any to flower yet.

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