Caleana major R. Brown 1810

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Common Name The Larger Caleana - The Flying Duck Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" to 2 1/2" long [2 cm to 6.25 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New Zealand as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial in sand and sandstone soils in heathlands and open forests at elevations of sea-level to 600 meters with a reclining green, reddish beneath leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a few [1 to 5] flowered, erect, 6" to 20" [15 to 40 cm] long, hairy, inflorescence with inverted flowers.

Synonyms Caleana minor R. Br. 1810; Caleya major R.Br. 1813; Caleya minor R.Br. 1826;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 photo; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 1 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 4 2000 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 8 2002 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;