Hyacinth.JPG (26499 bytes)Dipodium punctatum, the Hyacinth Orchid, is an interesting plant, which occurs naturally at Yallaroo. It is a leafless terrestrial orchid and appears in large numbers in summer. One or two spikes carry up to 50 flowers in crowded heads.  The flowers are deep purplish red and are certainly hyacinth-like in appearance. The Hyacinth Orchid is saprophytic. In other words the plants derives its nourishment from dead organic material. This means that the orchid is virtually impossible to bring into cultivation. Perhaps we should ensure the survival of this species by protecting the native grasslands where this unique plant occurs.