Caladenia discoidea Lindl. 1840 SUBGENUS Arachnorchis Photo by Ron Parsons

Side View Of Flower Photo by Malcolm Thomas of Australia


Common Name The Disc-Shaped Caladenia - The Bee Orchid - The Dancing Spider Orchid

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

This medium sized, cold growing terrestrial species is from Victoria and Western Australia in mallee vegetation, and woodlands in sandy soil at elevations of 10 to 150 meters and has pubescent stems carrying a single linear-ovate to lanceolate leaf and blooms on an erect, 18" [45 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence occuring in the late winter and spring.

Synonyms Arachnorchis discoidea (Lindl.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001; Calonema discoidea (Lindl.) Szlach. 2001; Calonemorchis discoidea (Lindl.) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #3 2002 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Arachnorchis discoidea photo fide