Pheladenia deformis

Common Name:

Bluebeard Caladenia



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEHJKMNPRSTVZ) also WA, SA, NSW, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Widespread in southern and central Victoria from coastal heathland to dry box forest 1

Flower Description:

Deep blue (rarely pinkish, white or yellow) 1


Terrestrial orchid arising from underground tuber, 6-15 cm tall 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The leaf is linear and 4-8 cm long. Flowers are sweetly scented. The lateral lobes of the labellum are fringed near the tips but otherwise entire. The column is purple with deep purple markings. The labellum calli are linear and are toothed or hairy 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:

Not threatened


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