Thelymitra aristata Lindl. 1830 Photo courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Spiked Thelymitra - Great Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 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 that flowers on an erect, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, few to several [3 to 8] flowered racmose inflorescence with long-lasting, fragrant flowers occuring in the spring and early summer.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as T murdochae drawing/photo ok; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 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