Common name: Mauve-tuft Sun-orchid, Mauve-tufted sun orchid
Thelymitra malvina M.A.Clem., D.L.Jones & Molloy APNI*
Description: Slender to robust terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear to lanceolate, 10–30 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, ribbed, erect to lax, dark green to glaucous.
Inflorescence to 30–65 cm high, 2–20-flowered. Flowers sweetly fragrant. Perianth segments to 20 mm long and 6 mm wide, blue but also white to pink, or mauve to deep violet. Column to 6 mm long, white to blue. Midlobe hood rounded, narrowing, smooth to minutely wrinkled or bumpy, yellow. Lateral arms projected forward, ending in mauve globose tufts.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in tall sclerophyll forest or seepage areas in heath.
NSW subdivisions: CC, NC
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. ?Tas.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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