Mantis Orchid

Mantis Orchid
Photographer
Frank Pierce
Common Name
Mantis Orchid
Scientific Name
Caladenia tentaculata
Size
50cm
Leaf Description
Lance-shaped, 16 cm x 12 mm, hairy and often spotted red near the base.
General Description
An impressive, large orchid to 50 cm tall, with a single narrow leaf at the base of a hairy stem bearing one or two large, pale yellow-green, red-brown and white, spider flowers.
Flower Description
One or two light green flowers, to 100mm across, with deep red stripes and markings. Long perianth segments narrowing abruptly to fine point. Lateral sepals projecting forward and upwards and dorsel sepals erect. Broad labellum loosely hinger and 3-loped, white in the centre turning green on edges, with a deep purple tip. Long comb-like teeth on lateral lobel and 4 rows of central deep purple calli.
Flower Colour
Pale yellow-green with red-brown and white markings.
Suburb
Many
Flowering Months
October
November
December
Habitat
Box Ironbark Forest, Grassy Dry Forest, Heathy Woodland, Valley Grassy Forest, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Grows in a wide range of habitats on sandy to rocky soils but also on clay loams. Moist or dryish, well drained soils in semi-shade.