Thelymitra silena D.L.Jones 1999 Photo by Colin & Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Photo Website

Part Sun ColdSpring

Common Name The ? Thelymitra - In Australia The Madonna Sun Orchid

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]

Found in Tasmania at elevations of 10 to 200 meters in open grassy forests as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, green to yellowish, very thick fleshy leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 12 to 22" [30 to 55 cm] long, 2 to 15 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4, large bracts with the lowest being leaflike.


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