Thelymitra carnea
 

 

Thelymitra carnea
Pink Sun Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Small and dainty. Less than 30cm tall when in flower. Stem 1 - 1.25 mm in diameter, flexible. reddish-green.

LEAVES: Single. Narrow and almost cylindrical, channelled along the upper surface.

FLOWERS: 1 - 3 flowers. 1cm across. Soft pink in colour. Sepals and petals all alike. Labellum often slightly smaller. Column pink, top deep yellow. Column arms deep yellow and lack any cilia.

FLOWERING TIME: September - November.

HABITAT: Scrubland and dry clay banks.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened. Local and uncommon.

NOTES: There is also a rare yellow form. It may be a colour variation, or a separate species named Thelymitra imberbis. It can be 4 or 5 years between above ground appearances. It favours infertile sandy silt tracks through tea tree scrub in more open sunlight than normal Thelymitra carnea.
     
     
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