Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Flowering plant 20–60 cm tall. Leaf 9–20 cm long, 6–19 mm wide, reddish at base. Flowers 1–2(–3), fragrance sweet; perianth segments 4.5–8(–11) cm long, white to creamy-white often suffused with green, with dark crimson-purple glandular tips, lateral sepals and petals drooping; sepals flattened at base, 3–5 mm wide, abruptly tapered to a long tail densely covered in glandular hairs; petals shorter than sepals but otherwise similar. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes erect, lamina ovate, obscurely 3-lobed, white with reddish purple calli; margins of lateral lobes fringed with linear calli c. 2 mm long, margins of mid-lobe with shorter calli becoming tooth-like near tip; lamina calli in 4 or 6 rows, extending well onto mid-lobe, narrow, foot-shaped, c. 2 mm long at base of lamina, decreasing in size towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
GipP. Endemic to Victoria where currently known from a small reserve near Kilsyth (outer eastern suburb of Melbourne) in heathy open forest on well-drained clay loam.
Caladenia venusta has slightly larger flowers with longer marginal calli on the labellum and with a different floral fragrance.
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