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Thelymitra simulata D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.
Family Orchidaceae
Thelymitra simulata D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaf linear, to 12 cm long and 10 mm wide, keeled, fleshy, dark green.

Inflorescence to 50 cm high 2–10-flowered. Perianth segments to 15 mm long and 5 mm wide, lavender-blue with dark or reddish spots on lateral petals; lateral sepals narrower than dorsal sepal; lateral petals rounded, concave (sometimes with a short claw). Column to 8 mm long, blue. Midlobe hood black to dark blue with a notched yellow tip; opposite ends of each notch often forming a short, triangular tooth. Lateral arms obliquely erect with terminal, white tufts.

Flowering: November and December.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in montane to subalpine woodland on shallow soils; south from Canberra district.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Jones DL, Clements MA (1998) A taxonomic review of Thelymitra in Tasmania. Australian Orchid Research 3: 178-203.

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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