Thelymitra rough leaf


Thelymitra "rough leaf"
Sun Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Robust. Up to 40cm tall when in flower. Stem a dark reddish-brown.

LEAVES: Single. Upright or floppy. Relatively flat in cross-section with a slight keel. Approx 10mm wide. Back of leaf is rough to the touch.

FLOWERS: Up to 10 flowers.
1 - 1.5 cm across. Mauve to pink in colour. Tepals broadly oval with pointed tips, and have a 'chunky' appearance. Flowers seldom open. Solid, squat column with a blunt apex. Top of the column has an oblong opening with a bright yellow and thick margin.


HABITAT: Lowland sunny track sides and ridge tops.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Structurally very similar to Thelymitra pauciflora.
An undescribed species from Northland.
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