Sun Orchids 2

Less Common and Localised Species


Thelymitra aemula
 
Thelymitra brevifolia
 
Thelymitra carnea
 
Thelymitra concinna
Sun Orchid
Thelymitra aemula
Waikumete - Auckland
Photo: Allan Ducker

Flowers October - December
Found in scrubland from Rotorua
northward. Flowers plain deep blue,
often widely spaced. Column has a
brown band below the yellow top.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra brevifolia
Endeavour Cove - Marlborough
Photo: Ian St George

Flowers October - November
Flowers purplish, with the tips often
pointed. Leaf wide and rather short,
approximately a quarter to half the
length of the flower stem.


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Pink Sun Orchid
Thelymitra carnea
Rotorua District
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers September - November
A dainty species found in scrubland.
Flowers are a soft pink colour with
a bright yellow topped column.
Leaf narrow and almost cylindrical.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra concinna
Mt Holdsworth - Tararua Range
Photo: Ian St George

Flowers November - December
The pink-ciliated form of T. hatchii,
distinguished by the pink cilia on
the column arms. Flowers blue to
mauve in colour.


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Thelymitra dentata
 
Thelymitra colensoi
 
Thelymitra ixioides
 
Thelymitra tholiformis
Hybrid Sun Orchid
Thelymitra x dentata
Kaitoke - Upper Hutt
Photo: Bob Watson

Flowers November - January
A natural sterile hybrid between
T longifolia and T pulchella. Has
up to ten blue, lavender or pink
flowers that are striped dark blue.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra intermedia
Hatfields Beach
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers October - January
A slender few flowered species.
Flowers bluish to dusky pink and
often barely opening. Back of the
column forms one continuous curve.


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Dotted Sun Orchid
Thelymitra ixioides
Wairarapa
Photo: Ian St George

Flowers October - December
An uncommon species with dark
blue spots on the petals and dorsal
sepal. The thin cilia is brush-like
and coloured white or mauve.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra tholiformis
Albany Scenic Reserve
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers November - December
Flowers blue to mauve, sometimes
pale lavender pink with dark speckles.
Top of the column is domed, bright
yellow, and has a toothed margin.


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