Caladenia sp. aff. fragrantissima (Inverleigh)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant 20–40 cm tall. Leaf 6–10 cm long, 10–15 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2; perianth segments 5–7 cm long, creamy white to almost uniformly dark red, with long dark reddish to brownish glandular tips; sepals drooping, flattened at base, 2–5 mm wide, abruptly tapered to a long tail densely covered in glands; petals shorter than sepals but otherwise similar. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes erect, lamina ovate, obscurely 3-lobed, 15–20 mm long and 8–10 mm wide (when flattened), cream with reddish margins and calli to entirely reddish; margins of lateral lobes fringed with pale-tipped, linear calli to 2 mm long, margins of mid-lobe with shorter calli becoming tooth-like near tip; lamina calli in 4 or 6 rows, extending onto mid-lobe, narrow, foot-shaped, c. 1.5 mm long at base of lamina, decreasing in size towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

Endemic to Victoria where known only from a single population near Inverleigh in grassy woodland on sandy soil.

Characterized by the highly variable flower colour and the long dark reddish brown glandular tips on the drooping sepals. The relationship between this taxon and other members of the group (particularly C. fragrantissima, C. orientalis and C. patersonii) still need to be resolved.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-14
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-14
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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 sp. aff. fragrantissima (Inverleigh) in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia sp. aff. fragrantissima (Inverleigh) in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct native

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