Large Duck-orchid

Large Duck-orchid
Photographer
Deb Oliver
Common Name
Large Duck-orchid
Scientific Name
Caleana major
Size
50cm
Leaf Description
Single, hairless, dark green or reddish with red spots, narrow lance-shaped basal leaf 4-13cm x 4-8mm, often withering by flowering time.
General Description
Hairless, erect orchid to 50cm with a thin, wiry greenish-brown or reddish-brown stem with a narrow basal sheathing bract. Can form large dense colonies. Each flower resembles a flying duck. Often grows in association with Red Stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha.
Flower Description
Up to 5 flowers usually dark red-brown often with green on sepals and petals, up to 25mm across. Dorsal sepal pointing down and lateral sepals are linear and parallel. Labellum has a long curved claw and a lamina resembling a duck's head.
Flower Colour
Reddish-brown
Suburb
Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, North Warrandyte, St Andrews, Panton Hill, Research, Kangaroo Ground, Cottles Bridge
Flowering Months
January
September
October
November
December
Habitat
Escarpment Shrubland, Grassy Forest, Heathy Woodland, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Well drained sandy or light soil. Full sun, semi shade.