Thelymitra formosa Colenso 1884 Photo by Michael Pratt The New Zealand Native Orchids Website

Full sun Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Beautiful Thelymitra

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in New Zealand on clay banks and open areas amongst scrub at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, very stout and robust, cold growing terrestrial with a tuber giving rise to a dark green to dark reddish green stem carrying a single leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, to 15 flowered inflorescence .

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo good