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Caladenia fuscata at Gungaderra Grasslands - 7 Sep 2020
Caladenia fuscata at Gungaderra Grasslands - 7 Sep 2020
Caladenia fuscata at Gungaderra Grasslands - 7 Sep 2020
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Identification history

Caladenia fuscata 8 Sep 2020 MattM
Caladenia fuscata 8 Sep 2020 MattM
Caladenia carnea 8 Sep 2020 Dibble

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3 comments

MattM wrote:
   8 Sep 2020
I think this is more likely to be C. fuscata based on early flowering time and whiter colouring.
Dibble wrote:
   9 Sep 2020
Sorry, did not see this comment until after I submitted my other comment. Are there other characteristics that distinguish C. fuscata from C. carnea?
I did find other plants that were more pink nearby. Would you like me to upload one of those images as well?
MattM wrote:
   9 Sep 2020
In general C. fuscata tends to be paler and whiter in colour whereas C. carnea is often brighter. Unfortunately they do have a bit of overlap with their colouring, so it isn't always that useful for ID. I have written some key ID dotpoints below.
C. fuscata is typically:
- single flowered
- flowers early spring
- has a delicate, reddish-brown stem
- paler colouration
C. carnea typically:
- 2 or more flowers
- flowers mid to late spring
- robust, green stem
- vivid colours
Of course both species can exhibit the characteristics of the other, but they are generally as above.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 7 Sep 2020 02:17 PM Recorded on
  • Dibble Recorded by
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