Thelymitra cyanea (Lindl.) Benth. 1873

Another Flower Aspect Photo by Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussies Website

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Common Name The Dark Blue Thelymitra - In Australia The Veined Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in the mountain areas of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania at elevations of 30 to 1500 meters in sub alpine meadows and sphagnum bogs and stream banks, as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with an oblong, tuber giving rise to an erect, stem carrying a single, narrowly linear, acute, basally clasping leaf and 2 small acute, acuminate sheaths well spaced above and blooms in the late spring through early summer on a terminal, erect, to 16" [40 cm] tall, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Thelymitra uniflora Hook.f. 1844; Thelymitra venosa var. cedricsmithii Hatch 1952; Thelymitra venosa var. cyanea (Lindl.) Hatch 1952

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide