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Thelymitra carnea R.Br.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Tiny Sun Orchid, Pink Sun Orchid

Thelymitra carnea R.Br. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaf linear, to 15 cm long and 3 mm wide, terete.

Inflorescence to 35 cm high, 1–4-flowered; peduncle wiry, flexuous. Perianth segments to 7 mm long and 4 mm wide (opening tardily), pink to reddish, or rarely yellow. Column to 4 mm long, cream to reddish. Midlobe short, thickened, narrowing at apex, shallowly notched and papillose or weakly toothed, ellow. Lateral arms short, flat, acute-ovate, margins with blunt teeth to shallowly scalloped, yellowish. Anther protrusive but much reduced with a minutely roughened apex.

Photo W. Grimm

Flowering: September–November

Distribution and occurrence: Common in open shrubland and woodland or in damp soils among sedges and grasses, often persisting where the original vegetation has been greatly disturbed.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, ?NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Specimens from N.S.W. previously named as T. rubra belong here.

Text by P. Bernhardt (1993); edited KL Wilson and PH Weston (Mar 2013)
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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