Thelymitra brevifolia
 

 

Thelymitra brevifolia
Short Leaved Sun Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 60cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single. Short. Quarter to half the height of the flower stem. Wide (approx 100mm x 20mm), tip pointed, upright. Back ribbed.

FLOWERS: Usually 3 - 10 (sometimes 20). Petals and sepals up to 10mm long, purplish in colour, tips often pointed. Column post-anther lobe somewhat rectangular in side view, bifid, reddish-orange to reddish-brown. Cilia white, on lateral lobes that project forwards and upwards in a gentle curve.

FLOWERING TIME: October - November.

HABITAT: Clay soils in open areas amongst scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Recorded.

NOTES: Distinguished from Thelymitra pauciflora and T. intermedia by
the shorter, wider leaf that's only a quarter to half the length of the stem.
     
     
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