Caladenia ornata (Nicholls) D.L.Jones

Orchadian 13: 256 (2000) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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

Flowering plant slender, 10–18 cm tall. Leaf linear, 9–15 cm long, shorter than flowering stem, 2–3 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2, bright pink, centre sometimes paler pink or whitish; ovary 5–10 mm long; perianth segments mostly greenish pink on outside, with numerous sessile and stalked glands; dorsal sepal erect, linear, 9–14 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, usually more than 3 times as long as broad, apex bluntly acute to acute; lateral sepals often fused at the base, free section parallel to spreading slightly, sometimes slightly asymmetric, lanceolate, 10–15 mm long, 4–5 mm wide; petals spreading, 8–12 mm long, 4–5 mm wide. Labellum sessile, 3-lobed, 5–6 mm long, 6–8 mm wide (when flattened), dark pink with dark red transverse bars; lateral lobes prominent, broad, margins entire, anterior margin rounded; mid-lobe small, recurved, triangular, usually about same length (when straightened) as lateral lobes, toothed, cream or yellow at apex; lamina calli in 2 rows up to base of mid-lobe, stalked and clubbed, yellow. Column incurved, narrowly winged, barred with dark-red; anther with a long point. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, VVP, Wim. In Victoria known only from the south-west in heathy forest on seasonally moist sandy loam.

In some areas Caladenia ornata is intermixed with C. carnea and some specimens are difficult to assign to one or the other.

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 (as Caladenia carnea var. ornata Nicholls).
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 ornata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia ornata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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