Caladenia excelsa Hopper & A.P.Br. 2001 SUBGENUS Arachnorchis

Lip Detail Photos by Phytotechnic and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Cold LATE WinterEARLYSpring

Common Name The Tall Caladenia - The Giant Spider Orchid

Flower Size 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm]

Found in Western Australia in Banksia forests and Jarrah shrubby forests at elevations around 20 to 250 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with a narrow, linear, pubescent, obtuse leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, 18 to 36" [45 to 90 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Arachnorchis excelsa (Hopper & A.P.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Calonemorchis excelsa (Hopper & A.P.Br.) Szlach. & Rutk. 2003

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