Caladenia falcata (Nicholls) M.A. Clem. & D.L. Jones 1989 SUBGENUS Arachnorchis Photo by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia


Common Name The Sickle Shaped Caladenia [refers to the petals]

Flower Size 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm]

Found in western Australia at elevations of 50 to 350 meters in open forests, woodlands and granite outcrops as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a single, erect, linear, pubescent leaf that blooms in the late winter and earlier spring on an erect, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Arachnorchis falcata (Nicholls) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001; *Caladenia dilatata var. falcata Nicholls 1949; Calonema falcatum (Nicholls) Szlach. 2001; Calonemorchis falcata (Nicholls) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Arachnorchis falcata photo ok