Caladenia flavovirens

Summer Spider Orchid

Robust erect perennial growing from round tubers, scattered individuals amongst shrubs. Slender hairy green or reddish stem. Dies down in hot weather.

Additional information

  • SynonymCaladenia pallida; Arachnorchis flavovirens
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size13-40 cm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • LeavesSingle narrow lance-shaped hairy leaf with reddish base, 30 cm x 8-10 mm, partly withered by flowering.
  • Flower colourPale yellow-green with red mid-lobe on lip (labellum)
  • Flowering timeDecember to January
  • Flowers1-2 spider flowers; central sepal erect, side sepals & petals to 60 mm, spreading or drooping, broad at base, abruptly tapering to fine long hairy points. Lip curved forward, tip recurved, dark red mid-lobe, margins fringed, 4-6 rows of red warts (calli).
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in grassy understorey of mountain forests. 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 statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Significant within the Shire. Known from few local sites and seldom seen. Victorian endemic.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1 Jeff Jeanes ©; 2 Colin Rowan ©

Plant Communities

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  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
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