!Thelymitra longifolia J. & G. Forst. 1775 SUBGENUS Thelasis Photo by Kent and The Terrestrial Orchid Gallery

Part Sun Cold Winter Spring Summer

Common Name The Long-Leafed Thelymitra

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in New Caledonia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island in grasslands, meadows and scrublands as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and early summer with successively single to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying blue, violet, pink or white flowers

Synonyms Serapias regularis G.Forst. 1786; Thelymitra alba Colenso 1886; Thelymitra cornuta Colenso 1887 publ. 1888; Thelymitra forsteri Sw. 1800; Thelymitra longifolia var. alba (Colenso) Cheeseman 1925; Thelymitra longifolia var. forsteri Hatch 1952; Thelymitra nemoralis Colenso 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing good; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide