Caladenia villosissima (G.W.Carr) Hopper & A.P.Br.

Australian Systematic Botany 17: 198 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant 10–23 cm tall. Leaf 6–14 cm long, 6–9 mm wide, densely villous, often spotted red at base. Flower solitary; perianth segments 2–4.5 cm long, green with red central stripe; sepals tapered to a filiform, clubbed tail (club 9–12 mm long, with yellowish, separated, sessile glands); lateral sepals projected forwards, more or less parallel, asymmetric, dilated at base, 3.5–4 mm wide; petals deflexed, linear-lanceolate with an acuminate tip and thickened clubs 3–4 mm long. Labellum hinged, curved forward with lateral lobes erect and tip of mid-lobe curved under, prominently 3-lobed, 12–15 mm long and 13–16 mm wide (when flattened), green at base with dark purple mid-lobe, separated by broad white band; larger comb-teeth c. 3 mm long, not reaching the anther tip, mid-lobe irregularly and broadly toothed or scalloped; lamina calli in 4 rows, moderately crowded, extending onto base of mid-lobe, linear to narrowly club-shaped, to 3 mm long at base of labellum, shorter and with broader heads towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

Glep, Gold, Wim. Currently known only from fertile grassy woodlands dominated by Eucalyptus camaldulensis in the Stawell area, on well-drained to moisture-retentive soils.

A poorly known species characterised by its thick flower stem and very hairy leaf.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-28
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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 villosissima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia villosissima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Goldfields present native

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