Thelymitra cyanea


Thelymitra cyanea
Swamp Sun Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
To 60cm or more tall when in flower.

LEAVES: Single, long, narrow, deeply channelled and keeled with thick rounded margins. Appears triangular in cross section.

FLOWERS: Up to 6 flowers. 1.5 - 2cm across. Usually dark blue with the dorsal sepal, petals and lateral sepals striped with darker blue or purple. Sometimes white with blue or green stripes, or pink with brown stripes. Column arms lack cilia. Petals often recurved backward. Labellum larger and wider than the tepals.

FLOWERING TIME: November - March.

HABITAT: Lowland to sub-alpine. Mainly montane in the North Island.
Swamps and bogs, damp hollows within scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not threatened. Locally common.

NOTES: Previously called Thelymitra venosa and Thelymitra uniflora.
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