Caladenia patersonii

Common name: 

Spider Orchid

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Gippsland Plain, East Gippsland (TWZ) also Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Coastal heathland1

Flower description:

Yellowish and reddish-brown1


Terrestrial orchid 15-35 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This plant has flowers with a sweet fragrance. Perianth segments are yellow with reddish-brown tips and a central stripe, with drooping lateral sepals and petals. The Labellum lamina is yellow with deep-red margins1

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Conservation status:

Poorly known and suspected to be extinct, endangered, vulnerable or rare in Victoria


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria