Thelymitra mackibbinii F.Muell.

Chem. & Druggist, Australas. Suppl. 42: 44 (1881)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering stem erect, straight, 15–30 cm tall, 2–3 mm diam., purplish. Leaf linear, attenuate, 7–11 cm long, 4–9 mm wide, shallowly canaliculate, dark green. Inflorescence 1–3-flowered. Sterile bracts 1 or 2. Perianth segments ovate to lanceolate, 10–15 mm long, violet with purplish tips, with strong darker longitudinal veins. Column ovoid, 5–7 mm long, deep violet grading to yellow towards upper margins; mid-lobe hardly developed, small and warty; lateral lobes initially erect, then assuming a more or less horizontal position in front of or below anther, elliptic, c. 2 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, fleshy, deep golden yellow, rugose, margins granulate or hairy. Anther with a large, broad, rounded apex protruding between lateral lobes of column. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

Gold, Wim. Also SA. Rare in open forests and woodlands in the Victorian goldfields on well-drained shallow stony or gravelly soil.

Once thought to be a natural hybrid, but currently recognised as a species.

Flowers open freely and are long-lasting.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-09-17
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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thelymitra mackibbinii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra mackibbinii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Goldfields present native

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