Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia fulva (Tawny Spider Orchid)


Caladenia fulva photo
Tawny Spider Orchid (Caladenia fulva)

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TAWNY SPIDER ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Caladenia fulva in Australia

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


Common Name
Tawny Spider Orchid

Other Names
Arachnorchis fulva

Description
The Tawny Spider Orchid is an endangered orchid species from Victoria and South Australia. It is found in a restricted range in these states. Flowers are produced on stems that grow to 25 cm tall. The flowers are about 8 cm across and pale coloured with red markings. The labellum and dorsal sepal are yellow with reddish or burgundy markings. The labellum has toothed margins and several rows of prominent warts or calli. The dorsal sepal is held upright and the lateral petals and sepals are long and narrow and hang downwards. Flowering is in spring from August to October. The plant has a single basal leaf that grows to about 15 cm long.

Height
25cm

Habitat
woodland, open forest

Distribution
Caladenia fulva is found in south east of South Australia and south west of Victoria

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Caladenia
Species:fulva
Common Name:Tawny Spider Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Caladenia ampla
  Caladenia arenicola
  Caladenia carnea
  Caladenia catenata
  Caladenia clavigera
  Caladenia crebra
  Caladenia cruciformis
  Caladenia flava
  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
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