Caladenia verrucosa G.W.Carr

Indig. Flora & Fauna Assoc. Misc. Pap. 1: 18 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 10–30 cm tall. Leaf 6–15 cm long, 6–10 mm wide, reddish at base. Flowers solitary; perianth segments 2–4 cm long, green with red central stripe; lateral sepals falcate, asymmetric, dilated at base, 2–3 mm wide, narrow and channelled toward clubbed tips, clubs prominent, 7–10 mm long, with bright yellow, sessile, contiguous glands. Labellum curved forward with lateral lobes erect and distal third strongly recurved, prominently 3-lobed, 11–14 mm long and 12–15 mm wide (when flattened), green with dark purple mid-lobe, sometimes with narrow white band in between; comb-teeth to 4 mm long, not rising above anther tip, mid-lobe irregularly and broadly toothed; lamina calli in 4 congested rows extending just onto mid-lobe, club-shaped, to 2 mm long, becoming shorter toward mid-lobe, swollen and verrucose apically, purple with dull brown upper surface. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

LoM, MuM, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Widespread in semi-arid areas of north-western Victoria (e.g. Little Desert, Big Desert, Wyperfeld and Hattah Lakes National Parks), usually on deep sandy soils with mallee scrub.

Very close morphologically to Caladenia parva and differing significantly only in the bright yellow-coloured clubs, and in the labellum calli being more congested and having larger verrucose heads.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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 verrucosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia verrucosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales