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OrchidThelymitra alpina

Mountain sun orchid at Aranda Bushland

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Thelymitra alpina at Aranda Bushland - 21 Oct 2015
Thelymitra alpina at Aranda Bushland - 21 Oct 2015
Thelymitra alpina at Aranda Bushland - 21 Oct 2015

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Author's notes

Single plant at Aranda. Column very small and narrow.


   20 Oct 2015
Not sure about this one Matt. Obviously not a small pauciflora type. That probably puts it in the alpina, megacalyptra, nuda group. T. alpina is a definite possibility. It has been found on Black Mountain, but usually occurs at higher elevations.
   20 Oct 2015
Is there any way to tell?
   20 Oct 2015
Actually, how should I go about photographing sun orchids? What should Nature Maprs focus on for these guys?
   20 Oct 2015
Some species are very difficult to separate on macroscopic features, made even more difficult because of natural variability within species, and because hybrids can sometimes occur. In terms of what to focus on in photographing them, obviously a good close-up view of the flower which shows the column detail is important. Also need information on the leaf; is it flat, ribbed, channelled, and whether narrow or broad.

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • True In flower
  • 20 Oct 2015 Recorded on
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