Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia paludosa (Swamp Spider Orchid)


Caladenia paludosa photo
Caladenia paludosa, Swamp spider orchid - taken in Kings Park

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SWAMP SPIDER ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia paludosa in Australia

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


Common Name
Swamp Spider Orchid

Description
The Swamp Spider Orchid is an attractive red and green flowering spider orchid from marshy soils of Western Australia. Flower stems are up to 50 cm tall. The dorsal sepal arches over the labellum which is white with red markings, red lip, and reddish toothed margins. The lateral petals and sepals are long and thin and greenish with reddish markings. Flowering is in spring and early summer from September to December. There is a single narrow hairy leaf about 30 cm long growing from the base of the plant.

Height
50cm

Habitat
grows on seasonally (winter) wet soils

Distribution
Caladenia paludosa is found only in south west corner of Western Australia from north of Perth down to around the Augusta area

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Caladenia
Species:paludosa
Common Name:Swamp 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 roei
  Caladenia tentaculata
  Caladenia ustulata
  Caladenia venusta
  Caladenia versicolor
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