Sun Orchids 3

Uncommon, Rare and Unnamed Species


Thelymitra Ahipara
 
Thelymitra comet
 
Thelymitra darkie
 
Thelymitra malvina
Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "Ahipara"
Far North
Photo: Gillian Crowcroft

Flowers October - November
Flowers pale blue or mauve.
Grows in wetlands in the Far North.
The flowers very rarely open.
Threatened - Nationally Critical.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "comet"
Kaweka Ranges
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers November - January
A species from the Kaweka Range.
Found in open montane Manuka
scrub. Mauve or blue in colour.
Probably a sterile hybrid.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "darkie"
Ohia - Far North
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers September
Flowers mauve, outer surfaces purple.
Stem dark purple with 3 bright
green bracts. Column top bright
yellow with an oblong opening.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra malvina
Kaimaumau - Far North
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers October - November
Found in wetlands in Northland.
Large flowers are pale to deep
mauve. The top of the column is
shaped like an inverted scoop.


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Thelymitra matthewsii
 
Thelymitra orange-top
 
Thelymitra rough Leaf
 
Thelymitra sanscilia
Spiral Sun Orchid
Thelymitra matthewsii
Te Paki - Far North
Photo: Ian St George

Flowers August - September
Flowers are purple with dark veins.
Column arms bulbous, bright yellow.
The leaf spirals around the stem.
Threatened - Nationally Critical.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "orange-top"
Far North
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers October - November
Flowers purplish blue. Very similar to
T pauciflora. The top of the column is
deep orange and deeply split dividing
the tip into two distinct areas.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "rough leaf"
Ohia - Far North
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers October
Flowers mauve to pink and have a
chunky appearance. The top of the
column has an oblong opening with
a bright yellow and thick margin.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra sanscilia
Hukatere Rd - Far North
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers September - October
A tall multi-flowered plant with
rusty red stems. Column arms have
very few or no cilia. Flowers blue.
Threatened - Nationally Critical.


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Thelymitra sansfimbria
 
Thelymitra sky
 
Thelymitra tholinigra
 
Thelymitra Whakapapa
Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "sansfimbria"
Kaitaia
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers October - December
A blue unstriped form of Thelymitra
pulchella that lacks any cilia on
the column arms. Fragrant, said to
resemble a Fressia or Violet aroma.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "sky"
Papawiri Hill Track - Te Paki
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers September - November
Flowers sky-blue, blue-mauve, white.
Top of the column blunt and yellow.
Similar to Thelymitra "rough leaf"
but more slender.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "tholinigra"
Cape Reinga
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers October
Similar to T. aff. longifolia, but with
a black, domed, post anther lobe on
the column. The large flowers are
pale mauve and fragrant.


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Sun Orchid
Thelymitra "Whakapapa"
Horopito - Mt Ruapehu
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers January - February
Flowers are 1cm across, pink to
mauve in colour. Triangular spurs
high on the column wings give
them a rectangular appearance.


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