Sun Orchids 1

Widely Distributed Species


Thelymitra cyanea
 
Thelymitra formosa
 
Thelymitra hatchii
 
Thelymitra longifolia
Swamp Sun Orchid
Thelymitra cyanea
Wellington Region
Photo: Bob Watson

Flowers November - March
Occurs in swamps throughout the country,
mainly at higher altitudes in the north.
Flowers blue, white, occasionally pink,
with dark stripes along the veins.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra formosa
Horopito - Mt Ruapehu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers November - February
A very robust species up to 60cm tall.
Leaf thickly channelled and ridged.
Flowers deep blue to mauve in colour,
the tips often tinged with yellow.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra hatchii
Horopito - Mt Ruapehu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers November - February
Flowers coloured pale to deep
mauve, with dense tufts of yellow
or white cilia. Leaf erect, thick,
fleshy, and deeply keeled.


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Maikuku
Thelymitra longifolia
Horopito - Mt Ruapehu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers October - January
Common in scrubland and on sunny
clay banks. Up to 20 white flowers,
1 - 1.5 cm across. Often grows in a
dense clump of numerous plants.


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Thelymitra aff longifolia
 
Thelymitra nervosa
 
Thelymitra pauciflora
 
Thelymitra pulchella
Sun Orchid
Thelymitra aff longifolia
Horopito - Mt Ruapehu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers October - January
There are a number of undescribed
varieties that have affinities with
T longifolia. They are multi-flowered
with scented white or pink flowers.


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Spotted Sun Orchid
Thelymitra nervosa
Rainbow Mountain - Waiotapu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers October - January
Flowers dark lavender blue, mauve/pink
or white, with dark blue spots on the
petals. Column top has a horseshoe
of bright yellow around the opening.


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Maikaika, Maika
Thelymitra pauciflora
Silverdale - Auckland
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers November - January
A robust species. Flowers dark blue,
mauve or magenta with no spots
or stripes. Column pale blue, the
top yellow and deeply split.


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Maikaika, Mamaika
Thelymitra pulchella
Desert Road - Mt Ruapehu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers October - January
A highly variable species.
Flowers blue to lavender-purple,
sometimes pink or white, all with
vivid stripes. Favours wet soils.


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