Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia tentaculata (Eastern Mantis Orchid)

Caladenia tentaculata photo
Caladenia tentaculata

Photograph by Harry Rose from South West Rocks, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)


distribution map showing range of Caladenia tentaculata in Australia

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

Common Name
Eastern Mantis Orchid

Other Names
Fringed Spider Orchid

The Eastern Mantis Orchid is a spider orchid with narrow drooping lateral sepals and petals with long thin tips. the petals and sepals are greenish with red stripes down the centre. The dorsal sepal is help upright and the labellum or lip has a toothed fringe. The labellum is reddish and white and with rows of reddish warts (calli) down the centre. The plant flowers in spring and early summer from September to December, with each stem having one or two flowers. The leaf is about 12 cm long and tapers to a point.

open woodland, heathland

Caladenia tentaculata is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria and southern areas of South Australia

Growth Characteristics
Height: 50cm
Common Name:Eastern Mantis 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 paludosa
  Caladenia roei
  Caladenia ustulata
  Caladenia venusta
  Caladenia versicolor
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