Stout, leaf stiff, upright. Stem with up to six flowers.
Pale to deep mauve. Column base dark reddish brown, top open horse shoe-shaped, notch at the rear. Top yellowish, rather ragged nobbly on the back. Cilia dense, usually yellow, sometimes white or pink.
November - February.
Lowland to alpine grasslands, dry clay banks, in gravel, under scrub, forest margins. Whangarei southwards
Widespread, locally common, not threatened.
The stout upright leaf and horseshoe-shaped column make this quite distinct. A plant with crimson-pink cilia may simply be a colour form of T. hatchii although it is consistently smaller, its leaf arching.
Yellow topped horse shoe-shaped column top, dense yellow cilia.