Thelymitra sanscilia H.S.Irwin ex Hatch 1952 Photo by Kevin Matthews and The New Zealand Native Orchids Website

Full sun ColdWinter EARLIER Spring

Common Name The Without Cilia Thelymitra [refers to the reduced number of cilia on the column]

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in the north of the north Island of New Zealand in lowland tea tree scrub on sunny tracksides at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrrestrial with a single, erect, green with red near the base, keeled leaf that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on an erect, rusty red, to 12 flowered inflorescence .

Similar to T pauciflora but differs in the amount of cilia on the column wings. This species pereviously was thought to be an aberrant form of T pauciflora.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide