Seeds of South Australia
Thelymitra cyanapicata (Orchidaceae)
List of species for Thelymitra
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium region:
Southern Lofty
NRM region:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
IBRA region
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v))   (Definite Decline)   [recently listed; only known from Knott Hill; habitat has been destroyed]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Thelymitra]
Name derivation:
Thelymitra from Greek 'thelys' meaning a bishop and 'mitra' meaning a headwear, hat, hence a bishop’s mitre; referring to the sometimes plumed or decorated wings of the column, which is usually produced behind and over the anther in a hood-like projection. The species name cyanapicata from the old generic name for blue and the Latin 'pica' for magpie possibly referring to the blue piebald hood of the flower.
Kuitpo Forest in Mount Lofty Ranges.
Critically Endangered
Plant description:
This critically endangered sun-orchid is only known from a single locality in the Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia. Symbiotic in-vitro propagation for this species is being undertaken by Dr Noushka Reiter at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the SA Seed Conservation Centre at Adelaide Botanic Gardens with the help of Kildare College science teacher Paul Beltrame and a small group of dedicated students. The dedicated propagation work being undertaken for this species is sponsored by ForestrySA.
Fruit type:
Dry dehiscing pod