Facts about Hornet Orchid

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Hornet Orchid Quick Facts
Name: Hornet Orchid
Scientific Name: Diuris sulphurea
Origin Australia
Hornet Orchid also known as Tiger Orchid, Hornet orchid, Yellow Tiger Orchid Tiger Orchid and Hornet Orchid. It prefers moist soil in semi-shaded sites on slopes of foothills in open sclerophyll forest and health in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales.

Flowers are bright yellow having deep red to brown markings on lower petal. Foliage is long and thin grass like. Tall flower spikes reaches 50 to 60 cm. Petals are erect, two stalked, yellow with brownish stalks and about 30 mm long. The plant thrives in well drained and moisture retentive soil. It could be found in lower foothill, open woodland areas in natural habitat.

Plant description

Diuris sulphurea is perennial, terrestrial and geophytic herb. Roots are small, ovoid or cylindrical.  Leaves are 15-25 cm long and 3-4 mm wide, basal, linear, grass like and alternate and whorled leaves. Scape is 30 to 60 cm high. Flowers are bright yellow, 3-4 cm across and stalked. Sepal is erect, ovate, 8–20 mm long and 7–15 mm wide. Labellum is 7-15 mm long, lateral lobes are broad cuneate, 3-6 mm long and 2.5-4.5 mm wide; callus is with 3-5 mm long single ridge. Capsule is thin walled, dehiscent and glabrous erect that contains numerous light-dark colored and winged seeds.

Culinary uses

Tubers are edible.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diuris_sulphurea

https://bendofislands.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/bica-news-85-2015-11.pdf

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