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Caladenia sp.

Brindabella, NSW

Caladenia sp. at Brindabella, NSW - 10 Oct 2015
Caladenia sp. at Brindabella, NSW - 10 Oct 2015
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Identification history

Caladenia carnea 27 Sep 2020 DGilbert
Caladenia sp. 25 Aug 2020 MattM
Caladenia sp. 25 Aug 2020 michaelb
Caladenia mentiens 10 Oct 2015 AaronClausen

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Very very tiny - smaller than a 10c piece!!!

11 comments

TonyWood wrote:
   11 Oct 2015
Not sure Aaron, may just be a small C. carnea. Column is pink, my understanding is that it is usually more greenish in C. mentiens.
   11 Oct 2015
Tony with this one, there was a whole group of them together and all of them were absolutely tiny. I have never seen a group of Caladenias all consistently as small together etc. They seemed definitely different to the normal ones and were very miniature. What is the formal characteristic of C. mentiens?
TonyWood wrote:
   11 Oct 2015
Its tiny, very narrow leaf (1mm), lateral sepals fused at base. For a positive id would need to collect a specimen of the whole plant and get an expert to look at it under a microscope. Another possibility would be C. pusilla.
MattM wrote:
   12 Oct 2015
I take it this means certain species are impossible to identify in the field?
   12 Oct 2015
Thanks Tony. So 1mm as in the entire width of the leaf from side to side!? At a guess, these were 2-3mm wide.
TonyWood wrote:
   12 Oct 2015
Matt, some similar looking species can be difficult to identify in the field, needing close examination of microscopic features.
   22 Oct 2015
If you are collecting specimens for lodging at the CSIRO herbarium you need a permit which I can arrange for you
MattM wrote:
   22 Oct 2015
Does the herbarium not contain specimens of all these plants? Or do specimens need to be replaced as they age?
   22 Oct 2015
Matt - it means the specimen at this location can be identified, but you aren't just able to pick native plants you need to have a permit that authorises this and ensures that your activity is of scientific value. Given the rarity of this plant in the ACT - it probably is worth having it positively identified, unless collection of material may put the viability of the population being sampled at risk.
michaelb wrote:
   25 Aug 2020
Previously rejected. Note author name of above comments not shown.
MattM wrote:
   25 Aug 2020
This is probably carnea, but we can leave as sp.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 10 Oct 2015 08:28 PM Recorded on
  • AaronClausen Recorded by

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