Thelymitra nervosa


Thelymitra nervosa
Syn: Thelymitra decora
Spotted Sun Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 40cm tall.

LEAVES: Single, long, 10mm wide, channelled, with a prominent keel.

FLOWERS: Up to 10 flowers. 1.5cm across. Flowers dark lavender blue, sometimes mauve/pink or white, with darker blue spots on the petals. Top of the column with a horseshoe of bright yellow around the opening.

October - January.

HABITAT: Lowland to sub-alpine. Sunny positions on clay banks, open areas amongst scrub, forest margins, amongst tussock.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not threatened. Locally common.

NOTES: A putative amphidiploid hybrid of T longifolia & T aff ixioides and therefore variable. Features of each parent show to varying degrees in different specimens. Unspotted flowers sometimes occur.
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