This deciduous terrestrial grows in heathland and
open forest. Thelemitra flowers will only open on fine hot days and
remain closed during cloudy or cool days and at night.
The leaf is to grass like to 20cm with flower stem to 60cm with to 9
flowers 30mm across. The flower is blue sometimes spotted with dark blue.
The column is blue topped with dark blue papillae (fingers) with arms
tipped with white tufts of dense hairs.
Thelmitra ixiodes can be identified by the
blue spotting on the petals or by the column shape. Thelemitra are
difficult to identify and the column shape needs to be carefully compared
with orchid books to be able to identify the orchids of this genus.