Caladenia sp. aff. venusta (Kilsyth South)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-14
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-15
Distribution map
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 sp. aff. venusta (Kilsyth South) in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia sp. aff. venusta (Kilsyth South) in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native