Thelymitra planicola Jeanes

Muelleria 14: 94 (2000) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering stem erect, straight, 22–45 cm tall, 2–5 mm diam., glaucous, purplish. Leaf linear to linear-lanceolate, attenuate, 10–30 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, leathery, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, sheathing at base, dark green with a purplish base, glaucous. Inflorescence 2–12-flowered, loose. Sterile bracts 2, 3 or 4, glaucous, lower ones often large and leaf-like. Perianth segments ovate to obovate or lanceolate, (7–)10–13(–15) mm long,medium blue with darker longitudinal veins. Column slender, 5–6 mm long, white to pale blue; mid-lobe expanded into hood over the anther, semi-cylindric, gently curved, dark blackish brown, apex shallowly bilobed, yellow; lateral lobes converging 1.2–2 mm long, digitiform to somewhat compressed, curved upwards, each with a terminal mop-like tuft of short white hairs not embracing apex of mid-lobe. Anther inserted about mid-way along column, shortly beaked. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

EGL, GipP. Also NSW. Grows in herb-rich grassland and grassy woodland and heathland on sand and clay loams.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-09-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Thelymitra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thelymitra planicola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra planicola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory