Caladenia catenata ( Sm. ) Druce 1917 SUBGENUS Petalochilus

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Another Flower alba Photo by Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website


Common Name The Chained Caladenia - The White Fingered Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

This small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial species is from New Caledonia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Australia occuring in well-drained soil in heathland and heathy forests at elevations of sealevel to 600 meters with a single, densely hairy leaf that blooms on an erect, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, 1 to 2 successive flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring and is pollinated by bees.

Synonyms *Arethusa catenata Sm. 1806; Caladenia alba R.Br. 1810; Caladenia carnea var. alba (R.Br.) Benth. 1873; Caladenia javanica Benn. ex Ridl. 1885; Petalochilus catenatus ( Sm. ) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001; Petalochilus javanicus (Benn. ex Ridl.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C alba; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Caladenia alba drawing fide; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo good; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonienne D'Orchidophile 1995 photo not = C carnea; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Petalochilus catenatus photo fide;