Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia carnea (Pink Fingers Orchid)


Caladenia carnea photo
Pink Fingers orchid, Caladenia carnea. Southern Mid-lands of Tasmania

Photograph by KeresH. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PINK FINGERS ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia carnea in Australia

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


Common Name
Pink Fingers Orchid

Description
The Pink Fingers Orchid is a terrestrial orchid from eastern Australia. As its name suggest the flowers are pink, although some plants bear almost white flowers. The flowers are about 2 cm across, with pink sepals and petals that are broader than some of the other Spider Orchids in the genus. The plant has a single narrow leaf that grows to 15 cm long from the base of the plant. The yellow-tipped labellum is about 1 cm wide and has three lobes and is patterned with red bars across the centre. Paler forms are similar to the Lady Finger Orchid (Caladenia catenata) which does not have a striped labellum.

Height
20cm - 25cm

Habitat
Caladenia carnea grows in heathland, woodland and dry forest.

Distribution
found in eastern New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria. Also found in Tasmania

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Caladenia
Species:carnea
Common Name:Pink Fingers Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Caladenia ampla
  Caladenia arenicola
  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
  Caladenia versicolor
  see A-Z list for more ...