Caladenia clavigera A. Cunn. ex Lindl. 1840 SUBGENUS Arachnorchis

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Common Name The Bulging Caladenia - The Plain Lip Spider Orchid - The Clubbed Spider Orchid

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

This small sized, cold growing terrestrial species is from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia at elevations of 10 to 250 meters and favors open forest and woodland with well-drained soil where it is widespread and common, growing in loose colonies with a single, linear, pubescent leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence and is thought to be pollinated by pseudo-copulation perpetrated by the male thynnid wasp.

Synonyms Arachnorchis clavigera (A.Cunn. ex Lindl.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.. 2001; Caladenia cordiformis R.S.Rogers 1920 ; Phlebochilus clavigera (A. Cunn. ex Lindl.) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 6 2006/7 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Arachnorchis clavigera photo fide