Caladenia pusilla W.M.Curtis

Pygmy Caladenia

Stud. Fl. Tasmania pl. 4A: 133 (1980) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant stout, 4–10 cm tall. Leaf linear, 3–6 cm long, shorter than flowering stem, c. 2 mm wide. Flower solitary, pink, centre whitish, brownish pink externally; ovary 4–6 mm long; dorsal sepal incurved, linear, 5.5–7 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, usually less than 3 times as long as broad, apex bluntly acute to obtuse; lateral sepals partly or wholly fused, parallel, sometimes asymmetric, linear-lanceolate, 5.5–7 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide; petals spreading, 5–6 mm long, c. 2 mm wide. Labellum sessile, 3-lobed, 4–5 mm long, 4–5 mm wide (when flattened), white or pink with prominent transverse red bars; lateral lobes prominent, broad, margins entire, anterior margin rounded; mid-lobe small, recurved, triangular, entire or with a few short 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, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, Strz, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Widespread but localised in Victoria, mostly in damp heathland and woodland near the coast and dry sclerophyll forest inland, often on well-drained sandy soils.

Similar to Caladenia mentiens but that species has longer, more slender flower stems.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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 pusilla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia pusilla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales