Caladenia stricta (R.J.Bates) R.J.Bates

Rigid-combed Spider-orchid

Orchadian 8: 247 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering plant 15–40 cm tall. Leaf 6–10 cm long and 10–15 mm wide, spotted red at base. Flowers solitary; perianth segments 1.5–3 cm long, green with red central stripe, not clubbed; lateral sepals and petals spreading, linear-lanceolate, 2–4 mm wide at base, tapered to filiform tips. Labellum curved forward with lateral lobes erect and mid-lobe recurved, 3-lobed, 14–17 mm long and 14–16 mm wide (when flattened), green at base with dark purple mid-lobe, separated by a white band; comb-teeth to 5 mm long, green, not rising above anther tip, mid-lobe with small teeth; lamina calli in 4–6 rows, crowded into a central band, purplish black, extending just onto mid-lobe, narrowly to broadly club-shaped, to 2 mm long at base of labellum, diminishing in size towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

LoM, Wim. Also SA. Confined to far western Victoria in the Little Desert and Big Desert areas in mallee scrub and woodland on well-drained sandy soil often over limestone.

In SA, known to hybridize with Caladenia venusta, C. cardiochila and possibly other members of the C. dilatata group.

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 stricta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia stricta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native

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South Australia
New South Wales