Cyanicula ixioides (Lindl.) S.D.Hopper & A.P.Brown 2000 Photo courtesy of Ron Heberle of Australia

White Flower Form Photo by Jean & Fred Hort and their Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Ixia-Like Cyanicula [Part of the Iridaeceae] - Yellow China Orchid

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

Found as a miniature sized, cold growing, terrestrial species in Western Australia at elevations of 100 to 300 meters in Jarrah forests and among shrubs in Wandoo forests and is the only yellow Cyanicula with a prostrate, reddish purple with hairs on bumps beneath, green above leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Caladenia gemmata f. lutea Clemesha 1967; Caladenia gemmata var. ixioides (Lindl.) Ewart & Jean White 1910; *Caladenia ixioides Lindl. 1840; Cyanicula ixioides subsp. candida Hopper & A.P.Br. 2004; Pentisea ixioides (Lindl.) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as Caladenia gemmata photo ok; *Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide