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


Common Name The Silky Cyanicula - The Silky Blue China Orchid

Flower Size 1.4 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm]

Found as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing, terrestrial species in Western Australia in Jarrah forests and dense coastal scrub or on granite outcrops in well drained rocky and sandy soils at elevations of 5 to 250 meters with a densely and shortly, silky-hairy, green leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on an erect, 6 to 16" [15 to 40 cm] long, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence. This species requires fires to stimulate blooming.

Synonyms *Caladenia sericea Lindl. 1840; Pentisea sericea (Lindl.) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Caladenia seriacea drawing fide; *Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo ok