Caladenia filamentosa R.Br.

Daddy Long-legs

Prodr. 324 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 25–45 cm tall, often in clumps. Leaf narrow-linear, 10–18 cm long, 4–7 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2 (rarely 3 or 4); perianth segments crimson or pale red with pale margins, spreading, basal quarter flattened; sepals 5–7 cm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, tapered to a filiform drooping tail, densely covered in glandular hairs; petals 4–6 cm long, c. 2 mm wide, erect to spreading with drooping tips. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes erect; lamina ovate, obscurely 3-lobed, 5–8 mm long and 3.5–5 mm wide (when flattened), crimson, sometimes whitish, margins entire at base, with numerous short broad teeth along lateral lobes, apical portion entire; lamina calli fleshy, flattened, in 2 close-set rows from base to bend. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, VVP, Wim. Widespread across Victoria from the Wimmera to far East Gippsland in mallee scrub, open forest and heathy woodlands on well-drained soils.

Similar to C. capillata, but that species is generally shorter and has predominantly white to cream flowers with fewer pairs of calli on the labellum lamina.

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, 2015-04-21
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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 filamentosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia filamentosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales