Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia latifolia (Pink Fairy Orchid)


Caladenia latifolia photo
Caladenia latifolia

Photograph by Ilena Gecan (Lennixx0. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PINK FAIRY ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia latifolia in Australia

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


Common Name
Pink Fairy Orchid

Other Names
Pink Fairies, Broad Leaved Caladenia

Description
The Pink Fairy Orchid is a pink flowering perennial Australian native orchid. It produces star shaped flowers in spring from August to October. Flowers are usually pink, but paler and white flowering forms are known. Up to four flowers are produced on flower stems about 40 cm tall. The labellum is about 7 mm long, three lobed with a narrow triangular lobe between two lobes with pink stripes. The labellum has pale warts or calli in the centre. The leaf is hairy on both sides and about 20cm long by 3cm wide.

Height
20cm - 45cm

Habitat
woodland, forest

Distribution
Caladenia latifolia is found in south west of Western Australia from around Geraldton to around Esperance. It is also found in the south of South Australia, southern Victoria and Tasmania.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Caladenia
Species:latifolia
Common Name:Pink Fairy 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 leptochila
  Caladenia longicauda
  Caladenia moschata
  Caladenia paludosa
  Caladenia roei
  Caladenia tentaculata
  Caladenia ustulata
  Caladenia venusta
  Caladenia versicolor
  see A-Z list for more ...