Common name: Tall Sun Orchid
Thelymitra media R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Thelymitra media var. media R.Br. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf lanceolate, to 30 cm long and 18 mm wide, ribbed, thick to fleshy.
Inflorescence to 90 cm high, 5–25-flowered. Perianth segments c. 17 mm long and 10 mm wide, blue with darker streaks or pink to pale blue, thick to fleshy. Column to 6 mm long cream to bluish. Midlobe crest with a few short calli subtended by a black band; accessory lobes erect, broad, short, narrow and projected forwards. Lateral arms forward, with terminal tufts of white hairs.
Flowering: October–January, especially after fire.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and coastal scrub; south from the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by P. Bernhardt
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