Thelymitra papuana J.J. Sm. 1934 Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site


Common Name The Papua Thelymitra

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

A medium to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial found in Papua and New Guinea in montane to sub alpine, often peaty grasslands, roadsides, tree fern grasslands and on ultramafic rocks at elevations of 1700 to 4200 meters with an obovoid tuber giving rise to a stem carrying 1 to rarely 2, erect, narrowly linear, acute-acuminate leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, glabrous, racemose, 6.8 to 18.4" [17 to 46 cm] long, several [1 to 11] flowered inflorescence. References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P. Van Royen 1979 drawing ok; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008;