Thelymitra aristata Lindl. 1830

Inflorescence Photos by Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website

EARLY

Common Name The Spiked Thelymitra - Great Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia at elevations of sea level to 300 meters in open foreests, woodlands, heathy forests, heathlands, buttongrass moorlands and along swamp margins as a medium sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial occuring in heathlands and heathy forests in well drained to moist soils due to high rainfall with 2 subulate stem bracts, leaf not seen, that flowers in the spring and early summer on an erect, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, few to several [3 to 8] flowered racmose inflorescence with long-lasting, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Thelymitra angustifolia Hook. f. 1858; Thelymitra murdochiae Nicholls 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as T murdochiae drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as T murdochae drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as T grandiflora drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 photo as T grandiflora; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 8 2002 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good

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