Paracaleana minor ( R.Br. ) Blaxell 1972 Photo courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers in situ Victoria Australia Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website

Common Name The Least Paracaleana - Small Duck Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

This miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial species is from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia at elevations of 20 to 1000 meters occuring often in sandy, white pebble type soils at base of trees with an erect, reddish stem carrying a narrowly linear, acute, basally clasping leaf and and blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 2.4 to 7.2" [6 to 18 cm] long, successively 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence. The beak-like labellum is covered with dark purple shiny glands and snaps shut when touched and is pollinated by the male sawfly.

Synonyms*Caleana minor R.Br. 1810; Caleana nublingii Nicholls 1931; Caleana sullivanii (F.Muell.) Pescott 1926; Caleya minor R.Br. 1826; Caleya sullivanii F.Muell. 1882; Paracaleana sullivanii (F.Muell.) Blaxell 1972; Sullivania minor (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 3 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Sullivania minor photo fide

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