Australian Native Plants

  Thelymitra pauciflora (Slender Sun Orchid)


Thelymitra pauciflora photo
Thelymitra pauciflora near Rokewood Junction, Victoria, Australia

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




SLENDER SUN ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Thelymitra pauciflora in Australia

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


Common Name
Slender Sun Orchid

Description
The Slender Sun Orchid has a single leaf to about 3cm long and 1 cm wide. The flowers grow in clusters of up to a dozen flowers, but they only open two or three at a time giving a sparse flowering show. The individual flowers are about 2 cm across and are blue. the main flowering season is August to January

Height
grows to about 60 cm tall

Habitat
grows id eucalypt forest, woodland and heathland

Distribution
found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Also found in New Zealand.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Thelymitra
Species:pauciflora
Common Name:Slender Sun Orchid


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