Thelymitra lucida Jeanes

Muelleria 19: 70 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering stem erect, straight, 30–55 cm tall, 1–3.5 mm diam., green to purplish. Leaf linear to linear-lanceolate, attenuate, 20–35 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, sheathing at base, dark green with a purplish base. Inflorescence 1–7-flowered, open. Sterile bracts usually 2, sometimes 3. Perianth segments lanceolate to ovate, 8–12 mm long, dark blue. Column slender, 5–6 mm long, blue to pinkish; mid-lobe expanded into hood over the anther, tubular, compressed dorsally, gently curved, yellow with a dark purplish black collar, covered with a thin glistening bloom, apex deeply bilobed; lateral lobes converging 1–1.5 mm long, digitiform, porrect, more or less straight, each with a toothbrush-like arrangement of white or creamy yellow hairs terminating in front of mid-lobe. Anther inserted about mid-way along column, shortly beaked. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, Glep, GGr. Also SA, Tas. Grows in or near lowland sedge swamps on moist sandy or peaty soils, sometimes in standing water at flowering time.

Currently known only from the Grampians and the Brisbane Ranges National Parks.

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

Distinguished from Thelymitra holmesii by the sparkling bloom on the mid-lobe of the column and the less shaggy hair tufts on the lateral lobes.

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

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia