Australian Native Plants

  Thelychiton jonesii (Oak Orchid)


Thelychiton jonesii photo
Thelychitonjonesii, Prefectural Flower Garden,Osaka,Japan

Photograph by KENPEI. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




OAK ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Thelychiton jonesii in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Oak Orchid

Description
The Oak Orchid (Thelychiton jonesii) is a species of orchid endemic to Queensland. There are two recognised subspecies: (Thelychiton jonesii var. jonesii and (Thelychiton jonesii var. magnificum. It has up to seven oval leaves that grow to about 15cm long. The flower clusters are large and may have over 30 flowers. the flowers are white or cream and star shaped. This species was formerly known as Dendrobium jonesii.

Height
pseudobulb to 50cm with leaves to 15cm

Habitat
grows in rainforest and open forest on rocks or tress

Distribution
found in north eastern Queensland

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Thelychiton
Species:jonesii
Common Name:Oak Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Thelychiton gracilicaulis
  Thelychiton kingianus
  Thelychiton moorei
  Thelychiton speciosus