Thelymitra pauciflora R.Br.

Prodr. 314 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering stem erect, straight, 15–50 cm tall, 0.5–1.5 mm diam., green to purplish. Leaf linear, attenuate, (8–)15–30 cm long, 3–6 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, weakly veined, sheathing at base, green with a purplish base. Inflorescence 1–3(–5)-flowered, open. Sterile bracts 1 or 2, rarely 3. Perianth segments lanceolate to ovate, 6–10 mm long, pale blue, less often pink or white. Column slender, 4–5 mm long, weakly pigmented at base, pale blue or pale pink; mid-lobe expanded into hood over the anther, tubular, curved, directed horizontally forward, yellow with a dark basal collar, apex entire or emarginate; lateral lobes converging 0.5–1 mm long, digitiform, porrect at base then bent upwards sharply near the middle at c. 90 deg., each with a sub-terminal mop-like tuft of white hairs terminating in front of orifice. Anther inserted above centre of column, shortly beaked. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Common and widespread in grassland, heathland, coastal scrubs, woodland and open forests from near sea-level to montane areas.

Widespread in south-eastern Australia and also in New Zealand.

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

Source: Weber, J.Z.; Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Thelymitra. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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 pauciflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra pauciflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native