Drymoanthus flavus

Key Features

  • An epiphytic orchid, with stiff tufts of purple-spotted leaves attached to branches by a spreading network of whitish, aerial roots. Small, yellowish flowers are borne in clusters that hang below the foliage

Distribution and Habitat

  • Uncommon in the central and southern North Island and northern and southern South Island. Occurs on a wide range of hosts, including miro, broadleaf, lemonwood and kohuhu.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Possum browse.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Possum control by poisoning or trapping.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
  • Pest management – Department of Conservation, regional councils.
  • References:
    • St George, I. (1999). The nature guide to New Zealand native orchids. Random House, Auckland.
    • Hollard, V. & Clements, N. (1994). A beginner’s field guide to the native orchids of New Zealand. Published by the authors.