!Cyanicula gemmata (Lindl.) S.D.Hopper & A.P.Brown 2000 Photos by Colin and Misha Rowan and their The Retired Aussies Website

Another Flower Photo by Tony Watkinson of Australia

Common Name The Sparkling Cyanicula - In Australia - The Blue China Orchid

Flower Size 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found as a miniature sized, cold growing, terrestrial species in Western Australia in light forest, shrubland and heath in well drained sandy soils and laterite at elevations of 20 to 350 meters with dark green and shiny above, purplish brown beneath, warty and stiffly pubescent, bumped leaves that blooms in the late winter early spring on a 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Caladenia gemmata Lindl. 1840; Caladenia pellita Endl. in J.G.C.Lehmann 1846; Pentisea gemmata (Lindl.) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Caladenia gemmata; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 as Caladenia gemmata; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Caladenia gemmata drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Caladenia gemmata f lutea drawing fide; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Caladenia gemmata photo ok; *Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good;