Caladenia parva G.W.Carr

Green-comb Spider-orchid

Indig. Flora & Fauna Assoc. Misc. Pap. 1: 12 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 5–15 cm tall. Leaf 3–10 cm long, 5–10 mm wide, often spotted red at base. Flowers 1 or 2; perianth segments 2–4 cm long, green with red central stripe, sepals bearing thickened yellowish brown apical osmophores 3–6 mm long; dorsal sepal erect, 1.5–2 mm wide, tip drooping; lateral sepals projected forwards stiffly, parallel or crossed, asymmetric, dilated at base, 2.5–3 mm wide, tapered to a filiform tail; petals deflexed, 1–2 mm wide. Labellum loosely hinged, curved forward with lateral lobes erect and tip of mid-lobe curved under, prominently 3-lobed, 10–15 mm long and 10–12 mm wide (when flattened), green at base, grading to white then with a dark purple mid-lobe; larger comb-teeth on lateral lobes 2–3 mm long, ending below anther tip, mid-lobe irregularly and broadly toothed or scalloped; lamina calli in 4 sparse rows extending onto base of mid-lobe, linear to narrowly club-shaped, to 2 mm long at base of labellum, shorter and with broader heads towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Nov

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA. Scattered mostly across southern Victoria in heathy open forests, woodlands and coastal scrubs on well-drained loams.

Caladenia parva is distinguished by its small flowers, early flowering period, small yellowish brown thickened clubs on the sepals.

Caladenia phaeoclavia is treated by some authors as a distinct species, but it appears to fall well within the variation displayed by the earlier described C. parva.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Caladenia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Caladenia parva in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia parva in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory