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Family: Orchidaceae
Thelymitra luteocilium

Citation: Fitzg., Gdnrs' Chron. n.s. 17:495 (1882)

Synonymy: Thelymitra mackibbinii

Common name: Early) pink sun-orchid, fringed sunorchid.

Slender, 15-37 cm high; leaf long, fleshy, slightly channelled, narrow-linear to rather broadly-linear.

Flowers pinkish or light-red, rarely yellow, generally 2-5, on slender pedicels, rarely expanding; perianth-segments oblong-lanceolate, not very acute, 7-8 mm long; column erect, 4-5 mm long, wings not very wide, hair-tufts yellow, turned upwards; post-anther lobe between the hair-tufts with a convex crenate margin not forming a very prominent hood; anther situated above the stigma, its rather blunt triangular point projecting between the hair-tuffs, dehiscing in the early bud; stigma semicircular, oblique, the lateral wings of the column uniting to form a cup-like depression at its base; rostellum situated in the middle of the upper border of the stigma; pollinia 4 (in 2 pairs) connected directly with a viscid disk; plant autogamous.

Published illustration: Gray (1971) Victorian native orchids 2:37; Pocock (1972) Ground orchids of Australia, pl. 139 as T. chasmogama; Woolcock (1984) Australian terrestrial orchids, pl. 72A.

Distribution:  Widespread and locally common.

S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Oct.

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Biology: A putative hybrid has been recorded with T. nuda which is described as T. xchasmogama and with T. antennifera.

Author: Not yet available

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