Dipodium roseum – Common Hyacinth Orchid
In summer there are not many orchids which are found flowering. However the Dipodium family has a couple of species that show themselves during our hot season. The most common of these is the Dipodium roseum which is also the most frequently photographed orchids in the Adelaide Hills.
It can be quite varried, from deep pink through to white flowers, with both colours found on both dark brown stems and green stems. These variations have caused some to suspect that there might be several species, but they all the one species.
This plant distinguishes is by its spike of pink flowers that can be up to a metre high. This species is noted for having stripes on its labellum. The other Dipodium which can be found in the Adelaide Hills has spots on the labellum.
The Hyacinth Orchid is very different from other orchids as it has no leaves, and relies on fungi from stringy barks. Due to this fact, this orchid cannot be propagated.