Thelymitra matthewsii Cheeseman 1910 publ. 1911

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Part Sun Cold LATE winter EARLYSpring

Common Name Matthew's Thelymitra - In Australia The Spiral Sun Orchid

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial on slopes and ridges of open woodlands, with a slender, glabrous, erect stem witha subulate, clasping bract at the middle and carrying a single, glabrous, linear, spirally twisted, longitudinally ribbed, basally broad, usually lobed, channeled, subacute leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, 4 t o9" [10 to 22.5 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered, wiry inflorescence with a single sterile bract and upward facing flowers.

Synonyms Macdonaldia matthewsii (Cheeseman) Szlach. 1995; Thelymitra daltonii R.S.Rogers 1930

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