Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles suppl. 2 611 (1917) APNI
Flowering plant slender, 10–30 cm tall. Leaf linear, 6–14 cm long, 3–4 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2, white, rarely pinkish, with an orange tip on the labellum; perianth segments sparsely hairy on outside, mostly towards the base; dorsal sepal erect or incurved, linear-oblong, 15–22 mm long; lateral sepals 15–25 mm long, spreading, slightly oblique, narrowly elliptic; petals spreading, 15–22 mm long. Labellum sessile, 3-lobed, 8–10 mm long, 6–8 mm wide (when flattened), white or pinkish, lateral lobes narrow, obtuse, margins entire, or toothed apically; mid-lobe triangular, recurved, longer than lateral lobes, orange-yellow at the apex, margins with finger-like teeth; lamina calli in 2 rows extending to base of mid-lobe, elongate, mostly clubbed, yellow or white. Column incurved, winged throughout, broader towards tip, inside often with a band of maroon or red in middle region; anther with a short point. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HSF, VAlp, VVP. Also Qld, NSW. Scattered and uncommon in open-forests and woodlands of foothills and lowlands from near Meredith eastward to the NSW border near Genoa.
Some Victorian plants of Caladenia catenata have a reddish or maroonish band on the inside of the column, a feature characteristic of the Qld and NSW species C. picta. However, C. picta flowers earlier (May-July) and has the flowers held slightly more erect than in C. catenata.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|