Caladenia mentiens D.L.Jones

Contr. Tasmanian Orchid. 2 (Austral. Orchid Res. 3) 35 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant slender, 4–16 cm tall. Leaf linear, 3–9 cm long, shorter than flowering stem, 0.8–1.3 mm wide. Flower solitary, white or pinkish, darker pink externally; ovary 5–10 mm long; dorsal sepal incurved, linear, 7–9 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, usually more than 3 times as long as broad, apex bluntly acute; lateral sepals fused basally, tips spreading slightly, sometimes asymmetric, linear-lanceolate, 7–9 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide; petals spreading, 7–9 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide. Labellum sessile, 3-lobed, 4.5–5.5 mm long, 5–6 mm wide (when flattened), cream, with prominent transverse red bars; lateral lobes prominent, broad, margins entire, anterior margin rounded; mid-lobe small, recurved, triangular, with 4–8 marginal calli, yellow at apex; lamina calli in 2 rows nearly to base of mid-lobe, stalked and clubbed, yellow. Column incurved, narrowly winged, barred with dark-red; anther with a long point. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, WaP, Wim. NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread but localised in Victoria in heathland, heathy forest and open forest often on moisture-retentive soils.

Similar to Caladenia pusilla but that species has shorter, thicker flower stems.

Flowers are short-lived and self-pollinating, sometimes without opening.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-05-07
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 mentiens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia mentiens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales