Caladenia clavigera A.Cunn. ex Lindl.

Plain-lip Spider Orchid

Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 422 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 15–40 cm tall. Leaf 5–20 cm long, 5–12 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2; perianth segments 2.5–3.5 cm long, yellowish-green with a broad reddish central stripe; lateral sepals and petals spreading or deflexed, divergent; sepals flattened at base, 2–3.5 mm wide, tapered to a filiform, often clubbed apex (club 1–5 mm long, with blackish, contiguous, sessile glands); petals similar to sepals but shorter, without clubs. Labellum curved forwards, cordate, obscurely 3-lobed, 10–14 mm long and 8–10 mm wide (when flattened), whitish to greenish with dark red mid-lobe and central portion, lateral lobes more or less flattened but becoming recurved towards mid-lobe; margins usually entire; lamina calli in 4 or 6 rows, well separated, not extending onto mid-lobe, linear, bent. Flowers Sep.–Nov. (to Jan. in high country).

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Scattered across much of southern Victoria, less common north of the ranges, growing in woodland, open-forest, coastal scrub and heathland on well-drained soils.

Distinguished by its cordate labellum with lateral lobes not toothed and the mid-lobe margin not thickened. In spite of the specific epithet (meaning `bearing clubs'), the sepals of this species are not always clubbed.

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, 2015-04-24
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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 clavigera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia clavigera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain 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
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales