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Thelymitra aristata Lindl.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Scented Sun Orchid, Great Sun Orchid

Thelymitra aristata Lindl. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaf lanceolate, to 35 mm long and 22 mm wide, thick fleshy, channelled, often spotted or blotched.

Inflorescence to 80 cm high, 5–30-flowered; peduncle with large, loose bracts. Perianth segments 16 mm long, 7 mm wide, blue-lilac, fragrant. Column to 7 mm long, white to blue. Midlobe hood thin, yellow grading to a dark band, notched and toothed. Lateral arms erect, ending in tufts of white to yellowish tufts.

Flowering: August–November

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal sclerophyll forest or heath in sandy or peaty soils; south from Fitzroy Falls area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Forms of T. nuda have often been misidentified and included in T. aristata.

Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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