Thelymitra grandiflora Fitzg. 1882 Photo by Colin & Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Photo Website

Part Sun ColdSpring

Common Name The Large Flowered Thelymitra - In Australia The Giant Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in South Australia at elevations of 0 to 300 meters in open forests, shrubland and heathland as a medium to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, erect, very thick leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 12 to 40" [30 to 100 cm] long, 6 to 40 flowered inflorescence with several large bracts.

Many refernces cite this name as a synonym of T aristata.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good