Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia villosissima (Hairy Spider Orchid)


Caladenia villosissima photo
Hairy Spider Orchid (Caladenia villosissima)

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HAIRY SPIDER ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia villosissima in Australia

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


Common Name
Hairy Spider Orchid

Description
The Hairy Spider Orchid is a terrestrial orchid from Victoria. The petals and sepals are yellowish with red stripe along the length. The dorsal sepal is held upright. The labellum or lip is pale with reddish area at the front and has prominent dark warts or calli, and has a green toothed margin towards the rear. The flower stem is erect to about 30 cm tall with one or two flowers. Flowering is in spring from September to November. The plant has a single fairly broad hairy leaf growing from the base of the plant.

Height
15cm - 30cm

Habitat
open woodland, heathland

Distribution
Caladenia villosissima is found in western Victoria

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Caladenia
Species:villosissima
Common Name:Hairy Spider Orchid


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 ...