Plain Sun-orchid

Plain Sun-orchid
Photographer
Chris Clarke
Common Name
Plain Sun-orchid
Scientific Name
Thelymitra nuda
Size
40cm
Leaf Description
Erect single lance-shaped, channelled, fleshy leaf, often reddish base to 30cm x 10mm, sheathing at base of stem; 2-3 sheathing stem bracts.
General Description
Perennial herb with fleshy egg-shaped tubers. Plants are not clump-forming but form massed displays.
Flower Description
2-10 light to deep blue raceme flowers, occassionally white, pink or mauve, to 35mm across. Column erect with hooded dark brown post-anther lobe, shallowly notched and with a yellow tip. Column arms pointing forward, densely tufted with short white or occasionally pink hairs.
Flower Colour
Blue
Flowering Months
January
November
December
Habitat
Dry forest, tea-tree heath
Date of Last Record
1990-1999
Growing Conditions
Well drained soils. Full sun, semi shade. Flowers open freely on warm days.