Little Pink Spider-orchid

Little Pink Spider-orchid
Photographer
Kaye McRae
Common Name
Little Pink Spider-orchid
Scientific Name
Caladenia rosella
Size
20cm
Leaf Description
Single green leaf that is long and narrow, and very hairy to 9cm long x 5-9mm wide.
General Description
Single flowered perennial to 20cm tall with a single narrow leaf at the base of a hairy stem bearing a large, brilliant pink spider flower with a musky fragrance. Endangered nationally and in Victoria, highly threatened. Very restricted habitat and only known to occur in Nillumbik. A recovery program for this species is in place.
Flower Description
Single musk-scented flower light to bright deep pink, to 50mm across. Lateral sepals and petals long and straight narrowing abruptly to fine tips, together they form a cross shape. Dorsal sepal erect. Labellum has a pale pink base with fringed margins and calli in 6 rows coloured rose to deep pink.
Flower Colour
Pink
Suburb
Cottles Bridge, Diamond Creek, Research, Smiths Gully, St Andrews, Christmas Hills
Flowering Months
July
August
September
Habitat
Grassy Dry Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Well drained soil, semi-shade. Sandy clay loams derived from sandstone and mudstone. It grows mainly on dry west-facing slopes in well-drained skeletal sandy clay loams
Conservation Status EPBC
Endangered
Conservation Status FFG
Listed
Conservation Status Vic
Endangered