!Caladenia carnea R.Br. 1810 SUBGENUS Petalochilus Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage

Flower in situ Australia

White flowered Variety Photos by Cathy Powers and herAUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Flower head on

Another Flower Angle

Plant and Flower in situ New Caledonia Photos by Edouard Faria all taken in New Caledonia

Common Name The Flesh-Red Caladenia - The Pink Fingers Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2" [3.75 cm to 5 cm]

Found in Sulawesi, New Guinea, New South Wales, Queensland, Southern Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria Australia as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid occuring in most types of forest habitat at elevations of 1200 to 1800[Java] and in Australia at elevations of 10 to 1000 meters, at times growing in what appears to be rock-hard dirt with one or more, more or less globose tubers giving rise to a [4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, coarsely hairy stem basally carrying a single full sized, linear, long pilose, acute leaf and a similar much smaller one half way up that flowers in the spring on an erect, to 12" [30 cm] long, one to two flowered inflorescence with sometimed musky scented flowers and are thought to be generally pollinated by bees.

Synonyms Arethusa catenata Sm. 1806; Caladenia alba R. Br. 1810; Caladenia angustata Hook.f. 1858; Caladenia atkinsonii Rodway 1923; Caladenia carnea var. subulata Nicholls 1945 ; Caladenia catenata forma carnea ( R.Br. ) N.Halle 1977; Caladenia javanica Benn. ex Ridl. 1885; Petalochilus carneus ( R.Br. ) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 3 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as C carnea var subulata drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonienne D'Orchidophile as C catenata 1995 photo good; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 2 1999 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Petalochilus carneus photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;