Thelymitra exigua Jeanes

Muelleria 19: 28 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering stem erect, straight, (7–)15–25(–35) cm tall, 1–2.5 mm diam., usually purplish, sometimes green, usually longer than leaf. Leaf linear to linear-lanceolate, attenuate, (5–)10–22 cm long, 2.5–10 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, sheathing at base, dark green with a purplish base. Inflorescence 1–8-flowered, open. Sterile bracts usually 1, sometimes 2. Perianth segments lanceolate to ovate, 5–11 mm long, pale blue to pale purplish blue, rarely pink or white. Column slender, 4–6 mm long, pale pink to pale purplish; mid-lobe expanded into hood over the anther, tubular, slightly inflated, curved gently forward, yellow with a dark brown to black collar, apex entire to shallowly bilobed; lateral lobes converging 0.8–1 mm long, digitiform, porrect at base then bent upwards sharply near the middle at c. 90 deg., each with a toothbrush-like arrangement of white hairs embracing the apex of the mid-lobe. Anther inserted about mid-way along column, shortly beaked. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, Glep, GGr, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Grows in grasslands, grassy woodlands, heathy woodlands, heathland and dense scrubland on heavy clay loams or sandy loams.

Widespread in western Victoria but poorly known.

Often grows in clumps by vegetative reproduction.

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 exigua in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra exigua in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales