Caladenia parva G.W.Carr 1991 SUBGENUS Jonsiopsis

Photos by Cathy Powers and Her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS & OTHER FLORA & FAUNA - Banjorah Website


Common Name The Small Caladenia - Small Greencomb Spider Orchid

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

This miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial species is from Victoria state, Australia where it occurs at elevations of 50 to 350 meters in coastal areas of heathy woodland - particularly on slashed verges or in grassy breaks, in sandy to clayey soil with a single, basal leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence and is thought to be pollinated by pseudocopulation by the male Thynnid wasp.

May be conspecific with Caladenia phaeoclavia and if so this name takes precedence.

Synonyms Arachnorchis parva ( G.W.Carr ) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2001

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