Thelymitra ixioides Smith ex Sw. 1805

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Common Name The Ixia-Like Thelymitra - The Spotted Sun Orchid

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

Found in Queemnsland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania Australia in heathy forests and heathlands at elevations of sea level to 500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial usually in well drained soils that blooms in the spring on an erect, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 sterile bracts..

Synonyms Thelymitra carnea var. robusta Rodway 1903; Thelymitra iridioides Sieber ex Benth. 1873; Thelymitra ixioides Sw. 1800 ; Thelymitra ixioides var. carnea Guilf. 1911; Thelymitra lilacina F.Muell. ex Lindl. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 2 1999 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 3 2002 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good

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