Australian Native Plants

  Caladenia clavigera (Plain-lip Spider Orchid)

Caladenia clavigera photo
Plain-lip Spider Orchid (Caladenia clavigera)

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distribution map showing range of Caladenia clavigera in Australia

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

Common Name
Plain-lip Spider Orchid

Other Names
Clubbed Spider-orchid

The Plain-lip Spider Orchid is a ground growing orchid that flowers in spring. Usually a single flower is produced (rarely two flowers). The spider flower has narrow petals and sepals to 5 cm long that are red and edged with pale green. The labellum is about 1 cm wide and reddish maroon in color with pale greenish edges. The sepals taper to a clubbed tip, and the dorsal sepal is erect and hooded. The plant produces a single grassy leaf that grows to 10 cm long and 1 cm wide. The plant grows from a tuber.

Caladenia clavigera grows in heathland and eucalypt forest

found in eastern New South Wales, south east of South Australia and eastern Tasmania. The Atlas of Living Australia list it as endangered or extinct in South Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 10cm - 40cm
Common Name:Plain-lip Spider Orchid

Relatives in same Genus
  Caladenia ampla
  Caladenia arenicola
  Caladenia carnea
  Caladenia catenata
  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
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