Thelymitra nuda R.Br.

Prodr. 314 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering stem erect, straight, 15–50 cm tall, 1.2–3.5 mm diam., green to purplish. Leaf linear to linear-lanceolate, attenuate, 10–25 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, sheathing at base, green with a purplish base. Inflorescence (1–)3–8(–12)-flowered, loose. Sterile bracts usually 2, rarely 1 or 3. Perianth segments lanceolate to ovate, (8–)11–15(–18) mm long, dark blue to purplish, rarely pink or white. Column slender, 5–6.5 mm long, pale purplish or pink; mid-lobe hooding the anther, tubular, inflated, gently curved through c. 90 deg., dark brown to blackish, apex emarginate or shallowly v-notched, yellow; lateral lobes converging 1.2–2 mm long, digitiform, porrect at base, bent sharply upwards near the middle at c. 90 deg., each with a toothbrush-like arrangement of white hairs almost along their entire length, terminating in front of mid-lobe. Anther inserted near middle of column, shortly beaked. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Grows mostly in more mesic near-coastal forests and heathlands on sandy, gravelly or clay loams.

Flowers expand readily on warm to hot 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 (as Thelymitra aristata Lindl.).
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 nuda in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra nuda in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater 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
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory