Thelymitra campanulata, canaliculata, latiloba Striped Blue Sun Orchids

This group consists of four species. The Shirt Orchid is quite distinct, but the other three are very similar to each other. I have yet to photograph the fourth species, Thelymitra occidentalis - Western Azure Sun Orchid.

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Theymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Theymitra campanulata - Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata x T. spiralis - Hybrid Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata x T. spiralis - Hybrid Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata x T. spiralis - Hybrid Shirt Orchid

Thelymitra campanulata x T. spiralis - Hybrid Shirt Orchid

The Shirt Orchid is easily distinguished by its column, with its three closely spaced yellow column nodes. A feature of these flowers is the cupped appearance, giving the alternative common name, Bell Sun Orchid. It is found in two widely separate areas. The first is from Perth to Kalbarri, the other is from the Stirling Range to east of Esperance. In both areas it is found in sandy habitats. Flowering occurs from late August to October.


Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata - Blue Sun Orchid

Thelymitra canaliculata x crinita - Blue Hybrid

Thelymitra canaliculata x crinita - Blue Hybrid

Thelymitra canaliculata x crinita - Blue Hybrid

Thelymitra canaliculata x crinita - Blue Hybrid

The Blue Sun Orchid is found in swampy areas along the south coast. It is very similar to the Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid, distinguished by minor differences in the column structure and habitat preference.


Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

Thelymitra latiloba - wandoo Sun Orchid

The Wandoo Azure Sun Orchid is found mainly in the central wheatbelt area, particularly in Wandoo forest along the western edge of the wheatbelt. The flowers are very similar to the Blue Sun Orchid, differing by having larger flowers and minor differences in the column. It is also found in well drained ground under Wandoo forest, rather than in swamps.