Forest Sun-orchid

Forest Sun-orchid
Photographer
Dean Rouse
Common Name
Forest Sun-orchid
Scientific Name
Thelymitra arenaria
Size
20-40cm
Leaf Description
Erect single narrow to lance-shaped, channelled, fleshy leaf, often reddish base, to 30cm x 20mm, sheathing at base of stem; 2-3 sheathing stem bracts.
General Description
Perennial herb with fleshy egg-shaped tubers. Plants form massed displays. Flowers frequently remain closed and self-pollinate.
Flower Description
4-10 purple to blue flowers, to 26mm across, with perianth segments pointed. Column erect with darker streaks. Dark brown hooded post-anther lobe, with an entire V-notched, yellow apex. Column arms projected forward with upper surface covered in white hairs.
Flower Colour
Purple with darker veins
Flowering Months
October
November
December
Habitat
Grassy & healthy forests, Grassy Woodlands and Grasslands.
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Well drained soil.