Scientific Name:
Thelymitra ixioides Sw. (1800)
  • Thelymitra ixioides var. typica Hatch, Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 79: 393 (1952) nom. illeg.
  • = Thelymitra juncifolia Lindl. (1840)
  • = Thelymitra lilacina F.Muel. ex Lindl. (1855)
  • = Thelymitra iridioides Seib. ex Benth., Fl. Austral. 6, 317 (1873)

Plant at fl. to 50–(70) cm. tall. Lf c. 5–12 mm. wide, fleshy, deeply channelled. Fls often ∞, sts > 20. Per. c. 11–13 mm. long, blue, us. with darker spots. Sepals and petals rather broad. Labellum slightly more rounded. Column-arms flattened, cilia white and mostly marginal, each arm projecting from the anterior margin of the side lobule; post-anther lobe little if at all taller than anther, erect, ± ornamented at top with violet to yellow, thick, finger-like calli; side lobules distinct, often much taller, yellow, fleshy and ± jagged on margins.

[From: Moore and Edgar (1970) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 2.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)

Flowering: Oct.–Dec.

Bentham, G. 1873: Flora Australiensis: a description of the plants of the Australian territory. Vol. 6. London.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Naturally Uncommon]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Naturally Uncommon]
Hatch, E.D. 1952: The New Zealand Forms of Thelymitra J. R. and G. Forster and Appendices. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 79: 386–402.
Parsons, M.J.; Douglass, P.; Macmillan, B.H. 1998: Current Names List for wild Gymnosperms, Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons (except Grasses) of New Zealand as used in Herbarium CHR. Version 1, to 31 Dec 1995. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand.