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Caladenia catenata

White Caladenia, White Fingers

Slender erect perennial growing from round tubers, scattered plants form extensive colonies. Hairy green or reddish stem. Dies down in hot weather.

Additional information

  • SynonymPetalochilus catenatus
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size8-30 cm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • LeavesSingle narrow sparsely hairy leaf 6-15 cm x 1-2 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite with green column
  • Flowering timeSeptember to October
  • FlowersSingle flower to 40 mm across; central sepal leaning back, petals and sepals spreading forward, tips bent down. Lip 3-lobed, orange-tipped, 2 rows of clubbed warts (calli), mid-lobe margin has long, thin teeth.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in open forest and woodland of foothills. Semi shade.
  • Garden useUse of orchids in gardens is not recommended, unless they already occur naturally, in which case they need to be protected. Removing orchids from the bush usually results in their death and further depletes remaining wild orchid populations.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusScattered and uncommon within the Shire.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Ken Harris ©; 2,3 Cathy Powers ©

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