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Thelymitra media

Tall Sun Orchid at One Track For All

Thelymitra media at One Track For All - 16 Sep 2020

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   16 Sep 2020
Hi Chris I don't know whether you have had a look at Vicflora for orchids. At this point their keys and pics are better than others. If your pic shows a tubular hood over the anther, then its T. pauciflora. I have been seeing a lot of T media i.e. no tube but just an appendage (same colours). Its your call - -usually the largest are T. media i.e. tall sun orchid. With dots is T ixioides but these in every other respect are v. similar to T. media. https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/flora/search?q=Thelymitra. if its pink and there are no hair tufts on lateral lobes of column then its T. carnea. if its pink with hair tufts its probably T. pauciflora. These are the 4 i have encountered in Ulladulla so far.............
CBrandis wrote:
   17 Sep 2020
I o not fully understand the hood but they were mostly as tall as ixiodes but that web site says media flowers later in Oct-Jan, but that is in Vic before global warming. If you have a chance they are along the southern entrance track halfway on the right before it gets to the central track. I will try and see if I can pick a hood over the white fluffy bit. Cheers
   17 Sep 2020
Happy to have a look tomorrow. A lot of the flowering data needs improvement. As you say 'climate change' - there are lots of examples .
   21 Sep 2020
Hi Chris I had to wait for the rain - they only open in the sun. Could not find it but they don't last long particularly along that busy way. Did you get another look?
CBrandis wrote:
   21 Sep 2020
Hi Nic, had a look this morning, they were just opening so I had a look at the center and there is no hood over the white fluffy bit which comes out of the bottom of the reddish bit which looks like pollen on the outer edges, So this makes it media, Tall Sun Orchid. These are the same as we (Charlie and I) photographed at the same spot last year. Time for an addendum. Cheers Chris
CBrandis wrote:
   21 Sep 2020
The far right photo in the species list here appears to have a tube and looks different from the other 2 which look more like the ones here. Cheers
   21 Sep 2020
Good work.

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  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 16 Sep 2020 Recorded on
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