Thelymitra pulcherrima or Queen of Sheba is a small Australian orchid.
It is threatened and apparently not cultivated. It seems that it is very difficult to grow or propagate in vitro.
Small, cold terrestrial orchid with a single upright leaf, broad, lobed, purplish and twisted into a spiral. It is only 15 cm high.
It blooms in winter with an erect flower spike of 15-35 cm long with 1-7 flowers of 2.5-3.5 cm. The flowers usually have three pink petals and three red-yellow sepals.
Southwest of Australia
Sandy soil in open woodland and heath on the coastal plain, between 50-200 m altitude
Thelymitra: from the Greek thely (woman) and mitra (hat) because of the sterile stamen on the upper part of the column, called mitra
Pulcherrima: from the Latin pulcherrimus (very beautiful)
- Thelymitra pulcherrima: ron_n_beths pics