Caladenia maritima D.L.Jones

Orchadian 13: 11 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant slender, 10–20 cm tall. Leaf linear, 6–15 cm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, almost hairless. Flower solitary, white, labellum with purplish stains and transverse bars and an orange tip; dorsal sepal erect or reflexed, linear-oblong, 10–15 mm long; lateral sepals 13–17 mm long, spreading, slightly oblique, narrowly elliptic; petals spreading, 12–15 mm long. Labellum sessile, 3-lobed, 7–9 mm long, 5.5–7.5 mm wide (when flattened), white, lateral lobes narrow, obtuse, margins entire; mid-lobe triangular, recurved, longer than lateral lobes, orange-yellow at the apex, margins with finger-like teeth; lamina calli in 2 rows extending to base of mid-lobe, elongate, mostly clubbed, yellow or white. Column incurved, winged throughout, broader towards tip, inside greenish, often with a band of maroon or red in middle region; anther with a short point. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

HSF, OtP. Endemic to Victoria where currently known only from Upper Beaconsfield and stunted heathy open forest in the Anglesea area on well-drained sandy loam.

Caladenia maritima differs from C. catenata in its almost glabrous leaf and dark purplish transverse bars on the labellum lamina.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-04-21
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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Caladenia maritima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia maritima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Otway Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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