Caladenia peisleyi (D.L.Jones) G.N.Backh.

Victorian Naturalist 124: 124 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant 12–20 cm tall. Leaf 6–12 cm long, 4–7 mm wide. Flower solitary; perianth segments 2–3.5 cm long, greenish yellow, with some pale red stripes; sepals 1.5–3 mm wide at base, tapered to filiform, clubbed tails, club 3–6 mm long, with dark reddish, sessile glands which are mostly tightly packed and contiguous; lateral sepals divergent, deflexed; petals spreading to deflexed, shorter than sepals, flattened at base, tapered to long acuminate apex, rarely with small, glandular, clubbed section near tip. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes curved upwards, lamina broadly ovate to ovate-lanceolate, unlobed, 11–13 mm long and 7–9 mm wide (when flattened), dark red distally, basally greenish cream with pale reddish stripes; marginal calli deltate, mostly to 0.5 mm long, diminishing in size towards entire or slightly irregular mid-lobe; lamina calli in 4 rows, extending about half way to labellum apex, foot-shaped, to 1.5 mm long at base of lamina, decreasing in size towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGL, EGU. Also NSW. In Victoria apparently confined to heathland and heathy forests of East Gippsland on well-drained sandy loams.

Caladenia peisleyi is similar to, and could be confused with, a few other eastern species; see C. oreophila, C. montana, C. osmera and C. australis. It is also difficult to distinguish from the NSW species C. fitzgeraldii.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
Distribution map
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 peisleyi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia peisleyi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales