Caladenia red stem
 

 

Caladenia "red stem"
Syn: Petalochilus "red stem"
Red Fingers
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
To 80-120mm high. Stem dark red-brown, covered in short hairs. Sheathing bract mid-shaft.

LEAVES: Single green leaf
2-3mm wide 80-100mm long. Sparsely hairy.

FLOWERS: One or two flowers.
1 - 1.5cm across. Inside of sepals and petals coloured off-white, each with 3 parallel red veins. Outside of sepals pale red-brown. Labellum cream, the yellow topped disc calli in 2 rows. Labellum mid-lobe reflexed and jagged. Column white with red bars and a red tinged anther.

FLOWERING TIME: November - January.

HABITAT: Light forest and scrub. Lowland to montane.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Recorded.

NOTES: Closely resembles Caladenia minor, but has a distinctive dark red-brown stem.
     
     
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