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Home Orchids of Brisbane Caladenia Calda. carnea Calda. catenata Calda. fuscata Calda. sp

 

Caladenia catenata

Caladenia catenata

This deciduous terrestrial orchid grows in open eucalypt forest where the grass is sparse.

The single leaf is grasslike to 15cm by 4mm, but is differentiated from grass as it is quite soft.  The flower stem grows to about 30cm holding one or sometimes two flowers.  The flower grows to about 25mm across and is generally white, but often with various shades of pink colouring to solid pink, often with a golden tip to the labellum.

This flower is similar to Caladenia carnea but does not have the barring on the labellum or column.  In addition, the column of Caladenia catenata reclines virtually starting horizontal before bending vertical, whereas the Caladenia carnea column starts at about a forty five degrees before bending vertical.

Caladenia carnea column
Caladenia carnea

Caladenia catenata column
Caladenia catenata

Caladenia carnea and Caladenia catenata will hybridise where they occur together creating a confusing blend making identification difficult.


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