Caladenia fuscata (Rchb.f.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones

in M.A.Clem., Cat. Austral. Orchid. (Austral. Orchid Res. 1) 25 (1989) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant slender, 5–12 cm tall. Leaf linear, 5–8 cm long, shorter than flowering stem, 2–3 mm wide. Flower solitary, white or pink; perianth segments dark brownish pink outside, with a broad dark median band; dorsal sepal erect, linear, 7–12 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, apex bluntly acute to acute; lateral sepals spreading, sometimes slightly asymmetric, linear-lanceolate, 7–12 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, acute; petals spreading, 6–10 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, acute. Labellum sessile, 3-lobed, 5–6 mm long, 5–6 mm wide (when flattened), white or pinkish, with prominent transverse red bars; lateral lobes prominent, broad, margins entire, distal portion more or less triangular and protruding forward beyond the mid-lobe; mid-lobe small, recurved, triangular, usually about same length (when straightened) as lateral lobes, with several pairs of marginal calli, yellow at apex; lamina calli in 2 rows up to base of mid-lobe, stalked and clubbed, yellow. Column incurved, narrowly winged, barred with dark-red; anther with a long point. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Mostly found in dry woodlands to the north of the Great Dividing Range where common on well-drained soils.

Flowers of C. fuscata are characteristically single, dull-coloured and heavily glandular outside.

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: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-01
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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 fuscata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia fuscata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory