OrchidThelymitra pauciflora

Slender sun orchid at Gungaderra Grasslands

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Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017
Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017
Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017
Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017
Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017
Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017
Thelymitra pauciflora at Gungaderra Grasslands - 15 Nov 2017

Identification history

Orchid Thelymitra pauciflora 15 Nov 2017 TonyWood
Orchid Thelymitra pauciflora 15 Nov 2017 DerekC230
Orchid Thelymitra peniculata 15 Nov 2017 DerekC230

Author's notes

The last 2 in flower of the season for this area. After a number of return visits I finally managed these in flower but they are the last, apparently late because they are in more shade.

4 comments

TonyWood wrote:
   15 Nov 2017
Derek, its a T. pauciflora lookalike, ie I don't know. Is there a particular reason you are calling it T. peniculata? I might wait and see what the other "experts" think
DerekC230 wrote:
   15 Nov 2017
I had no strong reason and it would make sense if it was T. pauciflora as I do not believe I saw any with more than 5 Flowers and the column arms of the second plant just near it are definitely bent up near the middle. This was not as clear on the fully open flower. I tried to give as much detail to the column and arms as possible 1:1 and good depth of field, I hope it helps. I would appreciate any help in differentiating between these similar Orchids.
DerekC230 wrote:
   15 Nov 2017
When I review my own posts I can now see it is T. pauciflora.
TonyWood wrote:
   15 Nov 2017
Looking at it again, I am happy to call it T. pauciflora which was my first impression. White to pale blue column, brown towards the top, column arms bent up and hair-tufts bent up all fit.

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 15 Nov 2017 Recorded on
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