These beautiful orchids are only found in Western Australia where they are one of this State’s most protected species.
They cannot be picked or transplanted and can only be viewed in their natural habitat.
They have a special relationship with a specific soil fungus and therefore cannot survive outside of that environment.
Thelymitra apiculata – Cleopatra’s Needles
Due to the obvious relationships with the Queen of Sheba, T. variegata it was named as a variety of that species. David Jones and Mark Clements later elevated it to specific rank on the basis that the leaf is often curved rather than spirally twisted and the erect column lobes have distinct needle-like points.