Thelymitra formosa


Thelymitra formosa
Sun Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Robust. Up to 60cm tall when in flower. Stem dark green to dark reddish-green.

LEAVES: Single. 2cm wide, thickly channelled, ridged, and sheathing high up the flower stem. Forms a "V" in cross section.

FLOWERS: Up to 15 flowers, to 2cm across. Blue to mauve in colour. Tepals long and narrow, often with yellowish tips. Long tapered column arms with varying amounts of cilia above. Cilia is coarse and bright yellow to orange in colour.

FLOWERING TIME: November - February.

HABITAT: Clay banks, and open areas amongst scrub.
Lowland to sub-alpine.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: A very stout and robust species that's usually seen as a solitary plant, rather than in a clump or group.
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