Thelymitra spiralis (Lindl.) F. Muell. 1865

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia LATEand

Common Name The Spiral Thelymitra - In Australia Curly Locks

Flower Size .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm]

Found in Western Australia at elevations of sea level to 400 meters among sedges and rushes in winter wet depressions and swamps as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a single, basally reddish, spirally twisted, lobed leaf that encircles the flower stem like a corkscrew around a stick and blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, 4 to 18" [45 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, wiry inflorescence with short lived flowers

Synonyms *Macdonaldia spiralis Lindl. 1839; Thelymitra spiralis var. pallida Nicholls 1949; Thelymitra spiralis var. punctata Nicholls 1949; Thelymitra spiralis var. scoulerae Nicholls 1949

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good