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Caladenia alata at Southern Forest Life - 9 Oct 2019
Caladenia alata at Southern Forest Life - 9 Oct 2019
Caladenia alata at Southern Forest Life - 9 Oct 2019
Caladenia alata at Southern Forest Life - 9 Oct 2019
Caladenia alata at Southern Forest Life - 9 Oct 2019

Identification history

Orchid Caladenia alata 14 Oct 2019 DavidL.Jones
Orchid Caladenia alata 10 Oct 2019 KerriLee

Author's notes

Numerous and with noticeably smaller flowers than the typical C. carnea; ID based largely on the small, yellow-tipped lobes flanking the central tip of the labellum (if that makes sense). However, some leaves are longer than the 60mm described in PlantNET. Rear sepal: 6-7mm long Lateral sepals: 8-9mm long Single, strap-like leaf up to 90mm long. Flower stem height: 70-90mm

2 comments

   14 Oct 2019
Not typical C. alata but probably fits in the variation shown. Appears to have exceptionally large marginal teeth on the labellum midlobe, more commonly there is just a single small pair at the base of the midlobe. Leaf length is a variable feature!
KerriLee wrote:
   14 Oct 2019
Thanks David. I was looking at them again today, and found even more. All look very alike in colour and size, but I'll photograph a few more to see if there is variation in the mid lobe features.

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 9 Oct 2019 1:49 PM Recorded on
  • KerriLee Recorded by
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