Caladenia transitoria D.L.Jones

Contr. Tasmanian Orchid. 2 (Austral. Orchid Res. 3) 42 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant slender, 8–16 cm tall, usually purplish. Leaf linear, 6–10 cm long, 1–2 mm wide. Flowers 1–3, cream-green to yellowish green; ovary 5–7 mm long; perianth segments 7–10 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, acute, both sides with scattered glands; dorsal sepal linear-obovate, more or less hooded, curved at about the middle, embracing the column; lateral sepals and petals spreading or curved upwards, narrow-elliptic to narrow-lanceolate, asymmetric, lateral sepals broader than petals, divergent. Labellum on short claw, 3-lobed, 5–6 mm long, whitish to pink, with red or purple transverse bars; lateral lobes with a wedge-shaped anterior corner, entire; mid-lobe triangular, recurved, glandular, dark purple, fringed with stalked, granular-headed, purple calli becoming sessile towards apex; lamina calli in 4 crowded rows, extending from base to apex, becoming sessile near apex, heads purple and granular. Column incurved, narrowly winged at base, expanded above, with red or purple markings; anther with short point. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WPro. Widespread mostly in eastern Victoria in heathy or shrubby open forest and woodland on well-drained sandy loams.

Distinguished from Caladenia iridescens by its smaller, less colourful flowers.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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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 transitoria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia transitoria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales