Thelymitra variegata (Lindl.) F. Muell. 1865

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

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Common Name The Irregularily Spotted Thelymitra - In Australia - The Queen of Sheba Orchid

Flower Size 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in Western Australia at elevations of 50 to 300 meters among low shrubs and grass tussocks in forests, woodlands and heathlands as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, 4 to 14" [20 to 35 cm] long, 1 to t flowered inflorescence with iridescent flowers and as the name implies the flowers are each uniquely spotted and have a large variation in shape.

Synonyms *Macdonaldia variegata 1840; Thelymitra porphyrostica F.Muell. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 4 1985 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo ok

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