Caladenia lobata Fitzg. 1882 SUBGENUS Arachnorchis Photo by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Lip Detail Photos by Colin and Mischa Rowan and their Retired Aussies Website

Common Name The Lobed Caladenia [refers to the side lobes of the lip] - In Australia - The Butterfly Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/8" [3 cm]

Found in southwestern Western Australia at elevations around 200 to 600 meters in open forest with shrubby understory on slopes as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with an erect, pilose, green stem with a singel, large, pilose, oblong-lanceolate, acute, conduplicate and clasping below leaf near the ground and a lanceolate smaller sheath just above the middle and another tubular, acuminate sheath just below the flower that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 18" [45 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered, pilose inflorescence.

Synonyms Arachnorchis lobata (Fitzg.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001; Calonema lobata (Fitzg.) Szlach. 2001; Calonemorchis lobata (W.Fitzg.) 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; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Arachnorchis lobata photo fide