Thelymitra alpicola Jeanes 2012

Lip Detail Photos by Colin & Mischa Rowan and their The Retired Aussies Website

Part shade Cold Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The High Elevation Thelymitra - The Alpine Striped Sun Orchid

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in New South Wales and Victoria Australia in alpine, subalpine and montane heathlands in moist areas around swamps, sphagnum bogs, beside strams or in soaks as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, straight, straw colored to purplish stem carrying linear to linear-lanceolate, attenuate, fleshy to leathery, canaliculate to conduplicate, ribbed abaxially, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring through early summer on an erect,

"Thelymitra alpicola can be distinguished from T. incurva by its deep purplish blue, strongly striated perianth and more or less parallel (sometimes incurved at apices), often narrow, shallowly erose, lateral lobes on the column. The two species also frequent different habitats."

The Flora of Victoria Website


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;