Caladenia aurantiaca (R.S.Rogers) Rupp

Orange-tip Caladenia

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 71: 280 (1947) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant very slender, 9–22 cm tall. Leaf linear, 3–10 cm long, c. 1 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2, mostly white; perianth parts similar to those of C. carnea except for following features: sepals and petals 7–10 mm long, conspicuously green striped on outside, lateral sepals often united at base and more or less parallel throughout; labellum without red bars on inside, apex orange, broadly toothed (teeth about as wide as long); column and wings both relatively broad, without red bars. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGL, GipP, Strz, WPro. Also Tas. Grows in damp coastal to near-coastal heaths or heathy woodlands east of Melbourne (e.g. Cranbourne, Yarram, Cape Conran, Mallacoota) on well-drained sandy soils.

Caladenia aurantiaca is similar to C. catenata, but the former has shorter perianth segments, more or less parallel lateral sepals, and a labellum with a smaller mid-lobe and short, broad teeth on the apical ends of lateral lobes. Caladenia aurantiaca could also be confused with C. alata, but the latter has either pink or white flowers with free and spreading perianth segments and reddish stripes on the labellum and column.

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, 2015-04-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Caladenia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Caladenia aurantiaca in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia aurantiaca in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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