Black-tongue Hood-orchid

Black-tongue Hood-orchid
Photographer
Kaye McRae
Common Name
Black-tongue Hood-orchid
Scientific Name
Caladenia congesta
Size
50cm
Leaf Description
Single thin and narrow leaf 8-18cm long x 1-2mm wide, hairy.
General Description
An orchid, to 50 cm tall, with a single, erect, narrow leaf at the base of a slightly hairy stem bearing 1-4 bright pink, fan-shaped flowers with a conspicuous black labellum.
Flower Description
1-4 flowers bright pink in colour to 30mm across, with a black labellum. Perianth segments pointed and spreading flat and erect hooded dorsal sepal. 3-lobed labellum, mid-lobe narrow and long, thickly covered with 2 rows of black calli.
Flower Colour
Bright pink
Suburb
Christmas Hills, Panton Hill, Bend of Islands, North Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, Research, Wattle Glen, Diamond Creek
Notes
Potentially extinct in Nillumbik.
Flowering Months
October
November
December
Habitat
Damp Sands Herb-rich Woodland, Herb-rich Foothill Forest, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
-
Growing Conditions
Moist, sandy or peaty soil in coastal habitats, shallow stony soils in the foothills; semi-shade.