Caladenia tessellata Fitzg.

Austral. Orch. 1 (2): t. 3 (1876) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant 8–15 cm tall. Leaf 5–10 cm long, 4–9 mm wide, sometimes dotted red at base. Flowers 1 or 2 (rarely 3); perianth segments 1.5–2.5 cm long, yellowish green with red stripes and suffusions; dorsal sepal 2–3 mm wide, erect or recurved; lateral sepals 3–5 mm wide, deflexed, more or less parallel, asymmetrically lanceolate, sometimes abruptly acuminate; petals 1.5–2 mm wide, deflexed, similar to sepals but narrower. Labellum curved forwards, cordate, 3-lobed, 8–10 mm long and 8–10 mm wide (when flattened), cream to greenish, often with a maroon apex, lateral lobes more or less flat or curved slightly upwards, tip deflexed or slightly decurved; margins thickened and dark brown around mid-lobe, usually with a few short teeth at base of mid-lobe; lamina calli in 4 or 6 crowded rows, often breaking up distally and 2 rows extending to within 1–2 mm of labellum apex, stout and club-shaped, fleshy, dark-coloured. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, GipP, OtP, Strz, WPro. Apparently confined to eastern Victoria from near-coastal heathy woodlands to open forests on well-drained sandy soils.

For comments on the similarity of C. tessellata to C. cardiochila see note under the latter species.

Caladenia tessellata hybridizes with C. orientalis yielding the named hybrid C. ×variabilis.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-04-21
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-15
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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 tessellata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia tessellata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales