Thelymitra mucida Fitzg. 1882

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

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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

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