Plants of the Castlemaine District

Rabbit's Ear Orchid - native (Thelymitra antennifera)

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Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family).

Native of southern Australia.


  • the lemon yellow colour
  • the dark-coloured "rabbits ears" rising from the end of the labellum.
  • Scattered occurrence. It may be locally abundant.

    Thelymitras have three sepals and three petals, which look alike, so that the orchid is apparently 6-petalled. Sun Orchids typically only open in sunshine.

    Thelymitra from Thelys = female; mitra = hat, referring to the hooded column of some species.


    Photos: Smiths Reef.