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OrchidThelymitra carnea

Tiny Sun Orchid at Bournda, NSW

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Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016
Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016
Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016
Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016
Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016
Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016
Thelymitra carnea at Bournda, NSW - 21 Oct 2016

Identification history

Orchid Thelymitra carnea 21 Oct 2016 BettyDonWoodUltra Reporter - BettyDonWood has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - BettyDonWood joined us in 2014!
Orchid Thelymitra rubra 21 Oct 2016 BettyDonWoodUltra Reporter - BettyDonWood has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - BettyDonWood joined us in 2014!
Orchid Thelymitra carnea 21 Oct 2016 SteveBurrowsSignificant Sighting - SteveBurrows has made a recognised, significant sighting!Ultra Reporter - SteveBurrows has reported over 500 sightings!

Author's notes

Leaf was 160mm long and 1.5mm wide, I think this ID is correct but it doesn't appear to be listed in the SC botanical region according to the PlantNET site.

3 comments

   21 Oct 2016
The comment in https://nossa.org.au/2015/09/11/clues-to-orchid-identification-columns/ about Thelymitra rubra is that it has finger-like column arms, and Thelymitra carnea has smooth column arms. When I blew up photo 2, and less so in photo 1, I could see the fingers. The big David Jones orchid book was not helpful for these photos. On the other hand, the flower size falls within the range of T. carnea that Jones quotes (8-15 mm across), not that of T. rubra (20-25 mm across).
   21 Oct 2016
Just checked the images in the species section and the back of the sepals for T. carnea look the same as the back of the sepals in these images, where T. rubra doesn't look the same.
   21 Oct 2016
I don't usually use Plantnet for orchid IDs because it misses out on so many species. However, this time it was OK. It stated that the tips of the sepals were drawn out in T. rubra, and fairly blunt in T. carnea. VicFlora keyed on the column arm - slightly toothed for T. carnea. With finger-like papillae for T. rubra.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Local Native

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
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  • 21 Oct 2016 Recorded on
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