Thelymitra carnea R. Br. 1810 Photo by Colin & Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photo by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Common Name The Flesh Red Thelymitra - In Australia The Tiny Sun Orchid - The Pinkish Sun Orchid

Flower Size .35 to .6" [.8 to 1.5cm]

Found in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia st elevations of sea level to 800 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial in heavy timber and loam with subterranean tubers giving rise to a slender, red tinted, flexuous stem carrying a single, apical, glabrous, linear, terete or channeled leaf basally tinged with red that blooms in the spring in nature on a terminal, tall, erect, raqchis 4" [10 cm] long, wiry, fractiflex, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence carrying pink, red or yellow flowers.

Synonyms Macdonaldia carnea (R.Br.) D.L.Szlachetko . 1995; Thelymitra carnea var. imberbis (Hook.f.) Rupp & Hatch 1946; Thelymitra imberbis Hook.f. 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 as T imberbis photo fide;

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