Caladenia melanema Hopper & A.P.Br. 2001 SUBGENUS Jonesiopsis Photography by I & M Greeve/A. P. Brown. Image used with the permission of the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Environment and Conservation ( Accessed on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 and Flora Base Website

Fragrance Part Shade Cold LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Dark Caladenia - The Ballerina Spider Orchid

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in southwestern Western Australia in mallee vegetation or scrubland on rises near salt lakes at elevations around 300 to 350 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, linear, pubescent leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence and carrying flowers strongly scented of burnt metal.

Synonyms Calonema melanemum (Hopper & A.P.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Calonemorchis melanema (Hopper & A.P.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Jonesiopsis melanema (Hopper & A.P.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2003

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