Thelymitra bracteata J.Z.Weber ex Jeanes

Muelleria 19: 43 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering stem erect, straight, rather stout, 30–70(–100) cm tall, 2–7 mm diam., straw-coloured to purplish. Leaf linear-lanceolate, attenuate, 20–45 cm long, 8–15 mm wide, leathery, ribbed abaxially, blade more or less flat, sheathing at base, dark green with a purplish base. Inflorescence 5–20(–30)-flowered, open. Sterile bracts large and prominent, usually 2, sometimes 1 or 3. Pedicels of lower flowers usually partially decurrent on rachis. Perianth segments lanceolate to ovate, 6–14(–17) mm long, usually pale blue. Column (4–)5–6.5 mm long, white or greenish at base; mid-lobe expanded into a hood over the anther, tubular, curving gently through c. 90 deg., yellow with a brown to reddish brown collar, apex emarginate; lateral lobes converging, 1.2–1.7 mm long, digitiform, porrect at base, bent sharply upwards near the middle, each with a toothbrush-like arrangement of white hairs embracing the front of the mid-lobe. Anther inserted about mid-way along column, shortly beaked. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

DunT. Also SA, Tas. Found in grassland, woodland and open forest on more nutrient-rich soils, often in disturbed sites.

In Victoria, known with certainty from only 2 collections in the Grampians and near Mortlake.

Flowers are self-pollinating and only open on warm, humid days.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-09-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-16
Distribution map
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 bracteata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra bracteata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia