Caladenia species have a single hairy leaf and a hairy stem.
All have a labellum on which can be found small projections called calli.
From Greek – calos (beautiful) and aden (glands).
Caladenia can be divided into four groups according to distinct visual differences.
|Sepals and petals||Labellum||Leaf|
|1. Spider Orchids||long||fringed or toothed||narrow|
|2. Crested Orchids||shorter||smooth edges and prominent calli||narrow|
|3. Dragon Orchids||shorter||hairy with horn-like appendages||broad|
|4. Cowslip and Fairy||short and spreading||fringed||broad|
These orchids have an affinity with both the spider and crested orchids.
The Lazy Spider Orchid has a smooth edged labellum with prominent calli yet upright sepals and petals.
The Dancing Orchid looks like a crested orchid but has a fringed labellum like the spider orchids.