Thelymitra carnea R. Br. 1810 Photo courtesy of 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, cool to cold growing terrestrial in heavy timber and loam with subterranean tubers 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, wiry, fractiflex, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence.

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; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide