Thelymitra apiculata (A.S. George) M.A. Clem. & D.L. Jones 1989

Inflorescence Photos by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Common Name The Fine Point Thelymitra [Refers to the apices on the lip] - Cleopatra's Needles

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

This small to medium szied, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid is found in Western Australia in dense shrubby vegetation on rocky hills and on tops of laterite hills in shallow soil pockets at elevations of 30 to 100 meters with a single, curved to one side leaf and it blooms in fall and winter in nature on an erect, 8 to 14" [20 to 35 cm] long, 2 to 12 flowered inflorescence with iridescent flowers.

Synonyms Macdonaldia apiculata (A.S. George) Szlach. 2001; *Thelymitra variegata var. apiculata A.S. George 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide