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Thelymitra pulchella Hook.f.
Family Orchidaceae
Thelymitra pulchella Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaf linear lanceolate, to 12 cm long and 18 mm wide, fleshy, dark green.

Inflorescence to 60 cm high, 2–9-flowered. Perianth segments 17 mm long and 5 mm wide; lateral petals broader than the sepals, pink to blue and veined; lateral sepals sometimes lack veins. Column to 7 mm long, blue. Midlobe short, thickened, irregularly toothed, with a flattened, deep central notch, blue. Lateral arms erect, flattened, toothed or weakly fringed with acute, lobed tips, yellow or reddish.

Flowering: January–February

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subalpine sites in heathy Sphagnum bogs; chiefly south from the Monaro region, also recorded for the Boyd Plateau.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

This species is widespread throughout N.Z. but until recently Australian plants were either interpreted as an Australian endemic (T. cyanea) or a recurrent hybrid between T. cyanea and T. pauciflora

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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