Thelymitra mucida Fitzg. 1882

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


Common Name The Plum Sun Orchid

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1.4 to 2.2 cm]

Found in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial in peaty swamps at elevations of sea level to 100 meters with a single leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, 7.2 to 22" [18 to 55 cm] long, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence with usually 2 sterile bracts.. The mucine at the top of the column is similar to silver frost & can be used to write on paper.

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