Caladenia patersonii R.Br.

Proclr. 324 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering plant 25–35 cm tall. Leaf 8–15 cm long, 10–15 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2, fragrance sweet; perianth segments 4–8 cm long, creamy white, yellowish or pink with reddish-brown glandular tips and central stripe, lateral sepals and petals drooping; sepals flattened at base, 2–5.5 mm wide, abruptly tapered to a long tail densely covered in glandular hairs; petals somewhat shorter than sepals, but otherwise similar. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes erect, lamina ovate, obscurely 3-lobed, 12–20 mm long and 7–11 mm wide (when flattened), yellow with deep reddish margins and calli; margins of lateral lobes fringed with linear calli 1–2 mm long, margins of mid-lobe with shorter calli becoming tooth-like near tip; lamina calli in 4 or 6 rows, extending well onto mid-lobe, narrow, foot-shaped, to 1.5 mm long at base of lamina, decreasing in size towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also Tas. Grows in coastal heathland and heathy woodlands east of Wilsons Promontory on well-drained sandy soils.

Once broadly applied to a widespread species in south-eastern Australia, the name Caladenia patersonii is currently of uncertain application. As circumscribed here, it refers to plants found in Tasmania and eastern coastal Victoria. Some specimens at MEL from inland Victoria have yet to be adequately classified. See also C. fragrantissima and C. orientalis.

Caladenia echidnachila from Tasmania appears to be based on a petaloid development of the labellum in some plants of C. patersonii and therefore is not worthy of taxonomic recognition.

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
Hero image
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 patersonii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia patersonii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native