Thelymitra crinita

Another thank you to Pete (aka UnclePedro@Flickr) for sharing an image with us. Today’s photograph of Thelymitra crinita was submitted via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool. Much appreciated!

Native to southwestern corner of Australia, in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, Thelymitra crinita is one of about 100 members of the genus. In its native range, blue lady orchid (or queen orchid) flowers from September to November.

Thelymitra crinita

21 responses to “Thelymitra crinita”

  1. Carol Creech

    Wow! That is gorgeous.

  2. Linda

    Stupendous blue! what is it about blue flowers that is so appealing? And such a pleasant way to interrupt attempts to straighten the Christmas tree.

  3. Shirley

    This flower if it were a person would be a runway model. Absolutely beautiful and not complicated

  4. phillip

    …if I were a bee..I’d call this home..!

  5. Deb Lievens

    Probably one of the most spectacular pictures you’ve had on BPotD. Is it because it is blue? I think so.

  6. iris lefleur

    I think I`m in love!

  7. Karen

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a flower this color – spectacular!

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    lovely old song comes to mind
    in my sweet little alice blue gown
    when i first wandered into town
    and the world seemed to smile all around musical irene 1919
    2011 and the world still smiles all around at alice blue gowns
    thank you daniel

  9. Greg Landgraf

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Sandyinz4

    Oh Wow! I have to second everyone else and say that this is simply a spectacular photo. I too, think it is the brilliant blue that gets our attention. Thanks so very much. What a great way to end the day!

  11. Diana Ferguson

    Magnificent – thank you so much for posting this one.

  12. don Fenton

    A truly wonderful photy! The Thelymitra species tend to run to blues, although there are some pinks, whites, and even a couple of yellows. Here in South Australia I once came accross a hybrid swarm involving a blue, a pink, and a white species! The colour-variations were fascinating.

  13. Pat Young

    Lovely photo. Is there a reason only one photo is shown of the featured plant of the day? I love the close-ups of the flowers but would also appreciate seeing more of the plant also, such as the leaves, to complete my sense of the plant.
    thank you.

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  15. Janeal Thompdon

    The color “blue” is extremely difficult to photograph; you have done a magnificent job in representing “blue” with this wonderful photo. Lovely.
    Janeal Thompson

  16. Joanne Whitney

    I very much doubt that this is the true color. The search for a naturally occurring or a hybridized true blue has been long an unsuccessful. I suspect some photoshop enhancement. I am an American Orchid Society Judge. I would love to be shown to be wrong.

  17. Daniel Mosquin

    Hmmm… not sure about that. The link above (click on blue lady orchid) shows images of it from the wild, and the above photograph was taken in a National Park (or near one).

  18. Daniel Mosquin

    Oh, and Pat — it all depends on what material is available to me to use. I’d have to look into it in this case, because I think there were additional images in the Flickr pool I could’ve used to supplement it, but sometimes there’s only the one image available.

  19. Eric Hunt

    Joanne – that is absolutely accurate color. I have seen these species myself in Australia. I encourage you to engage in some continuing education by scheduling an orchid hunting trip to Western Australia or Victoria State during spring to see these amazing flowers for yourself.

  20. Irma in Sweden

    My experience is that with digital photography the earlier so difficult blues now come out more as I have seen them in nature.

  21. mona

    wow?! that is very nice. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a flower this color. thankyou for this mail.

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