Early Hood-orchid

Early Hood-orchid
Photographer
Frank Pierce
Common Name
Early Hood-orchid
Scientific Name
Caladenia praecox
Size
15cm
Leaf Description
Single narrow sparsely hairy leaf 5-13cm x 1-3mm, often entirely without hairs above.
General Description
Very slender erect perennial to 15 cm tall, with a single, erect, narrow leaf at the base of a hairy stem bearing 1-4 large, white and pink, fan-shaped flowers. Scattered or in loose colonies.
Flower Description
Between 1 and 4 flowers white on inside with deep red hairs on the out, to 30mm across. Lateral sepals and petals are horizontal and the dorsal sepal is strongly hooded. Labellum is white with red markings and fringed with white, yellow or purple calli . 4-6 rows of central calli, typically yellow.
Flower Colour
White with pink or purple/brown markings, back covered in red glands
Suburb
Many
Flowering Months
August
September
Habitat
Box-Ironbark Forest, Grassy Dry Forest, Grassy Forest, Valley Grassy Forest, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Well drained soil. Full sun, semi shade.