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

Victorian Naturalist 124: 124 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

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

Flowering plant 20–35 cm tall. Leaf 8–14 cm long, 6–12 mm wide. Flower usually solitary, sometimes 2; perianth segments 3.5–6.5 cm long, dark red to maroon, sometimes cream or pinkish; sepals flattened at base, 3–4 mm wide, gradually tapered to a long tail, sometimes somewhat expanded and club-like, densely covered distally in crowded ovoid to cylindric glands; petals shorter than sepals but otherwise similar. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes erect, lamina broadly ovate-lanceolate, obscurely 3-lobed, 14–18 mm long and 8–11 mm wide (when flattened), dark purplish; margins of lateral lobes fringed with linear calli to 1.8 mm long; margins of mid-lobe with shorter calli extending to the labellum apex, or margins becoming entire towards apex; lamina calli in 4 or 6 rows, extending well onto the mid-lobe, narrow, foot-shaped, c. 2 mm long at base of lamina, decreasing in size towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

CVU, Gold. Endemic to central Victoria where now known only from the Castlemaine region in box-ironbark forest on skeletal or stony brown loam.

Similar to Caladenia concolor but has larger flowers and more drooping perianth segments.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-04-23
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 clavescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia clavescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

State distribution

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