Trim Sun-orchid

Trim Sun-orchid
Photographer
Dean Rouse
Common Name
Trim Sun-orchid
Scientific Name
Thelymitra peniculata
Size
20-50cm
Leaf Description
Erect single narrow, channelled, fleshy leaf, often with purplish base, 14-25cm x 5-12mm, sheathing at base of stem; usually 2 sheathing stem bracts.
General Description
Erect perennial herb with fleshy egg-shaped tubers. Stem purplish. Flowers do not open readily.
Flower Description
4-8 deep purple flowers with darker veins, to 22mm across. Column purple to pink. A large tubular post-anther lobe, hooded with a yellow bi-lobed apex and margin thick and recurved. Column arms curved and ending in tufts of white hair.
Flower Colour
Deep purple
Flowering Months
October
November
Habitat
Open forests and grassy woodlands.
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Moist to dry clay loams. Semi shade.