(pronounced: dye-POH-dee-um)


Cymbidieae subtribe Eulophiinae

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Monopodial terrestrials or (hemi-)epiphytes. Stems of two kinds by species, short without leaves or elongate and vining with leaves. Leaves absent or alternate, distichous. Inflorescences pedunculate loosely-flowered racemes, terminal in terrestrial species without leaves, axillary in (hemi-)epiphytic species with leaves, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers open, usually spotted. Sepals and petals subsimilar, subequal, free, spreading, oblong-oblanceolate. Lip three-lobed, the lateral lobes small, the midlobe larger, pubescent, the callus one or two low basal keels. Column straight, without wings or foot; pollinia 2, each on a slender caudicle, attached to a common minute viscidium.


From the Greek di, meaning double, and podion, meaning a little foot, referring to the two short stipes of the pollinarium.


A genus of about 20 species ranging from Thailand to Vanuatu with a concentration of species in Australia and New Guinea.

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Ames, O. 1936. A generic synonym. Bot. Mus. Leafl. 4(3):36-38.

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Bernhardt, P. and P. Burns-Balogh 1983. Pollination and pollinarium of Dipodium punctatum (Sm.) R. Br. Vict. Nat. 100(5):197-199.

Clements, M. H. 1979. The genus Dipodium R. Br. in Australia. Orchadian 6(4):75-77..

Jones, D. L. 1996. Dipodium pardalinum, a new species from Victoria and South Australia. Orchadian 12(2):56-57.