Thelymitra tholiformis Molloy & Hatch 1990 Photo by Ian St George and The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Website

Full sun Cold Spring

Common Name The Dome Shaped Thelymitra - In New Zealand The Woman's Hat Sun Orchid

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found on the north Island of New Zealand in open clay pans, gumland scrub and sparsely vegetated slopes as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, suberect, linear-lanceolate, green, often reddish green near the margins and base, shallowly concave leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 24" [60 cm] long, 1 to 15 flowered inflorescence with a pale, truncate, mucronate basal sheath and 2 lanceolate, sterile bracts


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