Thelymitra nuda R. Br. 1810 Photo by Colin & Mischa Rowan and the Retired Aussies Website

Another Flower Angle Photo by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Common Name The Naked Thelymitra - The Plain Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

This large sized, cool to cold growing species is a terrestrial from New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia occuring in open forests and fields at elevations of 5 to 1000 meters with subterranean tubers with a slender stem carrying a single, glabrous, long, ovate-lanceolate, deeply and often widely channeled leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, racemose, several flowered inflorescence with many fragrant flowers with smaller, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Thelymitra grandis F.Muell. ex Benth.1873; Thelymitra versicolor Lindl 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 4 1985 photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 as T longifolia; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo ok