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Thelymitra carnea

Tiny sun orchid at suppressed

Thelymitra carnea at suppressed - 4 Oct 2021
Thelymitra carnea at suppressed - 4 Oct 2021
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Identification history

Thelymitra carnea 5 Oct 2021 plants
Thelymitra carnea 5 Oct 2021 Snowflake

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4 comments

DerekC wrote:
   5 Oct 2021
There are two possible species this could be but it is very hard to distinguish between them. The other being T. rubra and a deeper colour is not always a sufficient indicator. I have had a look but can not see sufficient detail to be conclusive. The feature I need to see clearly are those tiny appendages in the yellow at the top of the column. They are one either side just where the yellow starts and they protrude forward with the T. carnea being like two small bumpy gherkins and the T. rubra has tiny fingers and looks like a Christmas tree. It requires a macro close-up slightly from the side but should be possible with you camera setup. I am just mentioning it as a suggestion of what could be helpfull.
Thelymitra can be difficult at the best of times and right closeup of the column can be the difference.
Snowflake wrote:
   5 Oct 2021
Thanks Derek. The biggest problem was the wind - the gusts made it very difficult. I planned to go back once things have calmed down. My reading suggests that there may be several T species in that area.
I will check my other photos. I have a Canon 100mm macro lens that I am learning to drive.
I haven’t found out how to post additional photos.
Snowflake wrote:
   5 Oct 2021
Hi, I have looked closely at my photos and compared it to the photos on the retiresaussies.com website.
I believe it to be T carnea because I can see the appendages of the form that you describe.
DerekC wrote:
   6 Oct 2021
Great. You can add photos by editing your record and just adding a photo as normal. You may have to be sure other setting have not changed (been lost by resetting eg. GPS etc.).

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 50 Abundance
  • 4 Oct 2021 08:51 AM Recorded on
  • Snowflake Recorded by

Additional information

  • 15mm by 15mm Flower dimension
  • 10cm to 30cm Plant height
  • True In flower

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