Thelymitra simulata D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.

Contr. Tasmanian Orchid. 8 (Austral. Orchd. Res. 3) 195 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering stem erect, straight, 15–35 cm tall, 2–3 mm diam., brownish, pruinose. Leaf linear-lanceolate, 10–15 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, dark green, often reddish at base. Inflorescence 1–6-flowered, loose. Sterile bracts 2 or 3. Perianth segments ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 9–13 mm long, blue or pink, with small darker spots on dorsal sepal and petals. Column 6–7 mm long, bluish or white, often with a dark brown or purplish subterminal band; mid-lobe tubular, rim-like, the dorsal surface ruminate, apex shallowly crenate, yellow; accessory-lobes absent; lateral lobes 0.8–1.5 mm long, obliquely erect, ending in a mop-like white hair-tuft. Anther about half way along column, shortly beaked. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

EGU, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Found in montane and subalpine woodlands and open forests dominated by Snow Gums and in subalpine herbfield and grassland. Soils are stony loam and well-structured brown loam.

Suggestions that this taxon may be a hybrid are not borne out by recent field studies in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and in Tasmania.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-09-10
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 simulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thelymitra simulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory