Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia versicolor (Caladenia versicolor)


Caladenia versicolor photo
Candy Spider Orchid (Caladenia versicolor)

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia versicolor in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Caladenia versicolor

Description
The Caladenia versicolor is a ground orchid with white or pink flowers. The lateral sepals and petals are typical spider flower shape being long an thin tapering to a trailing brownish tails. The labellum is pink with reddish toothed margins and reddish bumps or warts (known as calli). Flowers are produced on stems about 25 cm tall with one or two flowers per stem. The plant flowers in spring from around September to November. It is listed as endangered in South Australia and Victoria under the relevant state acts.

Height
about 25cm

Habitat
open woodland, open forest

Distribution
Caladenia versicolor is found in western Victoria and the south east of South Australia

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Caladenia
Species:versicolor
Common Name:Caladenia versicolor


Relatives in same Genus
  Caladenia ampla
  Caladenia arenicola
  Caladenia carnea
  Caladenia catenata
  Caladenia clavigera
  Caladenia crebra
  Caladenia cruciformis
  Caladenia flava
  Caladenia fulva
  Caladenia fuscata
  Caladenia gracilis
  Caladenia integra
  Caladenia latifolia
  Caladenia leptochila
  Caladenia longicauda
  Caladenia moschata
  Caladenia paludosa
  Caladenia roei
  Caladenia tentaculata
  Caladenia ustulata
  Caladenia venusta
  see A-Z list for more ...