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Caladenia sp.

Canberra Central, ACT

Caladenia sp. at Canberra Central, ACT - 30 Sep 2017
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Identification history

Caladenia sp. 22 Oct 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Caladenia carnea 5 Oct 2017 DerekC

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3 comments

TonyWood wrote:
   6 Oct 2017
I'm not convinced that this is C. carneus Derek. Compared to C. fuscatus, C. carneus is more robust,has a thicker often greenish stem and can have 2-3 flowers.
DerekC wrote:
   6 Oct 2017
I am having great difficulty with these small orchids particularly when there is only one flower. I have been concentrating on the flower rather than the stem but I can see the difference I think now. These do have smaller/thinner, darker stems than the later subsequent reports from Gungaderra Grasslands. Thanks.
Now all I have to work out are the difference between Caladenia cucullata, C.moschata and C. ustulata with all their variations in colour etc.
TonyWood wrote:
   6 Oct 2017
Yes Derek, the stem is a good clue to the species, also the leaf is shorter and narrower in C. fuscatus. C. carneus is not a common orchid on Black Mountain, usually only found as isolated specimens. Hope to see some on Sunday. The hot spot for C. carneus is Gungahlin Hill.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 30 Sep 2017 10:57 AM Recorded on
  • DerekC Recorded by

Additional information

  • True In flower
  • 10cm to 30cm Plant height

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