Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia gracilis (Musky Caladenia)


Caladenia gracilis photo
Caladenia gracilis, Glenlyon, Victoria, Australia

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MUSKY CALADENIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia gracilis in Australia

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


Common Name
Musky Caladenia

Description
The Musky Caladenia is a small elegant ground growing Caladenia species from south east Australia. It produces clusters of up to about six musk scented flowers on slender stems, during spring from September to November. The flowers are white with reddish hairs on the underside of the petals and sepals. The labellum or lip has three lobes and four rows of purple or yellow warts (calli). It develops a long narrow leaf to about 15 cm long and 4 mm wide. The plant grows from tuber and spreads into small colonies.

Height
40cm

Habitat
eucalypt forest, woodland

Distribution
Caladenia gracilis is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, south eastern South Australia and Tasmania

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


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 integra
  Caladenia latifolia
  Caladenia leptochila
  Caladenia longicauda
  Caladenia moschata
  Caladenia paludosa
  Caladenia roei
  Caladenia tentaculata
  Caladenia ustulata
  Caladenia venusta
  Caladenia versicolor
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