Australian Native Plants

  Thelymitra macrophylla (Scented Sun Orchid)


Thelymitra macrophylla photo
Scented Sun Orchid (Thelymitra macrophylla) near Waroona, Western Australia

Photograph by Arthur Chapman. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




SCENTED SUN ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Thelymitra macrophylla in Australia

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


Common Name
Scented Sun Orchid

Other Names
Large-leafed Thelymitra

Description
The Scented Sun Orchid is a ground growing orchid with large leaf. The flowers grow in clusters on upright spikes. The individual flowers are blue and about 25 mm in diameter. The main flowering period is from August to November.

Height
grows to about 60 cm tall

Habitat
grows on coastal plains and open forest

Distribution
found only in south west of Western Australia

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Thelymitra
Species:macrophylla
Common Name:Scented Sun Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Thelymitra crinita
  Thelymitra cyanea
  Thelymitra ixioides
  Thelymitra pauciflora
  Thelymitra rubra