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Home Orchids of Brisbane Aci. amplexicaulis Aci. caudatus Aci. exsertus Aci. fornicatus Arth. prolixus Bulb. elisae Bulb. exiguum Bulb. lamingtonense Bulb. minutissimum Bulb. schillerianum Bulb. shepherdii Caladenia Cal. triplicata Cla. major Clchs. campestris Clchs. robertsonii Chlglt. sp. Crybs. aconitiflorus Crybs. barbarae Crybs. fimbriatus Crybs. undulatus Crptst. erecta Crptst. subulata Cymbidium Den. aemulum Den. falcorostrum Den. gracilicaule Den. kingianum Den. monophyllum Den. schneiderae Den. speciosum Den. tetragonum Dipo. punctatum Dipo. roseum Dipo. variegatum Diuris abbreviata Diuris alba Diuris sulphurea Dockrillia Epgm. roseum Erio. autumnalis Eo. cassythoides Gta. sesamoides Geno. acuminatum Geno. nudiscapum Geno. sp Geod. densiflorum Gloss. major Gloss. minor Lip. coelogynoides Lip. habenarina Lip. swenssonii Mrs. parviflora Obrnia. titania Pbm. beckleri Perths. hillii Plrhz. tridentata Ptst. acuminata Ptst. baptistii Ptst. curta Ptst. erecta Ptst. grandiflora Ptst. hamata Ptst. hildae Pter. hispidula Pter. longifolia Pter. mutica Ptst. nutans Pter. obtusa Ptst. ophioglossa Ptst. rufa Ptst. russellii Ptst. woollsii Rhin. divitiflora Sarc. ceciliae Sarc. dilatatus Sarc. falcatus Sarc. hillii Sarc. olivaceus Sarc. spathulatus Sprnth. sinensis Tae. aff. lobatum Tae. muelleri Thel. ixioides Thel. nuda Thel. pauciflora Thel. purpurata Acknowledgements

 

Caladenia

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There are two major groups of Caladenia occurring in the Brisbane area, Lady Finger Caladenia and Spider Caladenia. The Lady Finger Caladenia have petals and sepals of similar size and the labellum, petals and lateral sepals project forward like fingers of a hand. The spider Caladenia have long slender petals and sepals giving a spider like appearance. 

The table below lists the main characteristics of each orchid to assist with their identification.

Lady Finger Caladenia

Caladenia carnea

  Stem Height (mm) Flower Count Flower Size (mm) Flower Colour Labellum Bars Labellum Tip Calli Column Midlobe Teeth Notes
Caladenia alata 60-140 1-2 10-14 x 12-16 White to Pink Red Yellow or Orange

Blunt

Orange Green with Red Bars few

2 prominent flat orange glands

 
Caladenia caerulea 80-150 1 20-30 x 20-30 Pale to Bright Blue Blue creamy yellow

recurved

Yellow or Blue Blue None Leaf prostrate
Caladenia carnea 120-250 1-5 16-18 x 20-30 White to Pink Red cream to pale yellow

recurved

cream to yellow Green with Red Bars short Labellum Lateral lobes not incurved
Caladenia catenata 120-300 1-2 30-40 x 35-45 White to Pink None orange

recurved

white to yellow Green 8 to 18  
Caladenia fuscata 50-120 1 12-16 x 14-20 White to Pink Red recurved yellow Green with Red Bars 10-14 short blunt Labellum Lateral lobes incurved
Caladenia gracillima 100-200 1-3 25-40 x 20-40 Bright Pink few short purplish bars orange cream to pale yellow

mauve stalks

Green with purple bars 8-14 yellow to orange  
Caladenia picta 80-150 1 20-25 x 25-30 White to Pink None orange

recurved

White

Basal calli orange

Green stained Red 10-16 narrow  
Caladenia sp. 170 1 12 x 15 White to Pink None orange

recurved

Cream to yellow Green with Red Bars 8-10 white to orange  

 

Spider Caladenia

Caladenia falcata

  Stem Height (mm) Flower Count Flower Width (mm) Flower Colour Calli Notes
Caladenia dilatata 450 1-2 100 Green to Yellowish Green 4 rows

Reddish Purple

Sepals  upswept
Caladenia flaccida 120-230 1-3 60-80 White 2 rows

cream

petals and sepals drooping
 

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