Thelymitra fuscolutea R. Br. 1810

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

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Common Name The Brown-Yellow Thelymitra - in Australia The Chestnut Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm]

Found as a terrestrial in Western Australia in open scrub on sandy soil at elevations of sea level to 250 meters with a stout to moderately slender stem with 1 to 2 stem, loosely shething bracts and carrying a single ovate to oblong-lanceolate leaf that blooms in the late winter through early summer in nature on an erect, 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence

T fuscolutea and T. benthamania, are the only Thelymitras with a fringed column.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874 Drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 4 1985 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide

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