Caladenia tensa G.W.Carr 1991 SUBGENUS Arachnorchis

Another Flower Aspect Photos by Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussies Website


Common Name The Rigid Spider Orchid

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found mainly western Victoria, Australia, at elevations of 50 to 200 meters in the Little desert area, as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with an erect, pilose stem carrying 2, lanceolate, acute sheaths one at the middle and the other just below the flower that blooms in the late winter and spring in Australia on an erect, to 12" [30 cm] tall, 2 flowered inflorescence.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Arachonorchis tensa photo good