Caladenia tessellata

Common name: 

Thick-lip Spider Orchid

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wimmera, Wannon, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEHKNPTWXZ) also SA

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

Coastal or near-coastal on sandy soils in heathland or heathy woodland1

Flower description:

Yellowish green with red stripes, labellum yellowish green with red markings1


Terrestrial orchid to 26 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has a single leaf that is to 12 cm long and 8 mm wide and sometimes dotted red at the base. There are 1-2 flowers with long 'spidery' sepals and petals1

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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