Seeds of South Australia
Diuris behrii (Orchidaceae)
Golden Cowslips
List of species for Diuris
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Seed collecting:
December to February
Herbarium regions:
Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Southern Lofty
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v))   (Definite Decline)   [under recorded; largest pops at Springton, on roadside]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Definite Decline)   [still some good-sized pops; lots of local extinctions]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN C2a(i))   (Definite Decline)   [Many recent recordings. Biggest subpop occurs at Mokota. Highly fragmented and definite decline.]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR D)   (Definite Decline)   [Three subpopulations. Less than 50 individuals across population. Definite decline.]
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Regionally Extinct   ()   [Last recorded in 1958, presumed extinct.]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR B2ab(i,ii,iii); D)   (Definite Decline)   [one population]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Diuris]
Name derivation:
Diuris from the Greek 'dis' meaning double and 'oura' meaning a tail, referring to the long lateral sepals resembling tails, on some species. Behrii named after Hans Hermann Behr (1818-1904), a German-American doctor, entomologist and botanist, who collected in South Australia.
Found in the southern Flinders Ranges and the Mount Lofty Ranges with a few records from Eyre Peninsula growing in native grassland, open woodland and grassy forest; grows on more fertile soils, especially amongst Kangaroo Grass and Triodia on gentle slopes and flats. Also found in New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Very rare in South Australia. Rare in Victoria. Uncommon in New South Wales.
Plant description:
Terrestrial orchid to 40 cm tall in flower. Leaves three to six, narrow-linear, grass-like, to 20 cm long; Inflorescence one to four, drooping, with bright yellow flowers with an orange labellum. Pedicel enclosed within a bract. Dorsal sepal projected forward or obliquely erect, to 17 mm long. Lateral sepals obliquely defiexed, parallel, to 25 mm long, greenish. Petals spreading or drooping, to 25 mm long; claw green, lamina yellow. Labellum to 28 mm long, orange, often with brownish streaks. Flowering between September and October.
Fruit type:
Brown papery ellipsoid capsule.
Seed collecting:
Collect plump capsules as they start to dry and turn brown. Pods will split and release the seeds quickly and will require monitoring. To increase the chances of collecting mature pods, it is recommended that a small breathable bag (ie. Organza bags) be used to enclose the developing capsules.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a container that will hold fine seeds and leave to dry for a few weeks or until the capsule split. Then carefully hold the capsule and tap it gently to release the seeds. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place, refrigerator or in liquid nitrogen.