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CALADENIA FILAMENTOSA COMPLEX

While Caladenia filamentosa is an eastern Australian species many closely allied forms which exist in Western Australia are placed within that complex. Some species such as C. chapmanii, C. footeana and C bicalliata are easy to identify however others are so closely related that their classification is very difficult to determine. Many “different” populations of unnamed forms occur throughout the whole South-West and attempts have been made to name some of these.

For example, C dundasiae was separated from C filifera because of its more stiffly held segments, and the fact that the calli extend further down the labellum. These features are however quite variable and so both orchids should be placed under C filifera which was the first named.

A good deal of confusion exists.

 

 

Caladenia luteola – Lemon Spider Orchid

Lemon Spider Orchid Lemon Spider Orchid Lemon Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia postea – Dark-tipped Spider Orchid

Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid Dark-tipped Spider Orchid leaf Dark-tipped Spider Orchid leaf


 

Caladenia hiemalis – Dwarf Common Spider Orchid

Dwarf Common Spider Orchid Dwarf Common Spider Orchid Dwarf Common Spider Orchid leaf


 

Caladenia exilis – Salt Lake Spider Orchid

Salt Lake Spider Orchid Caladenia exilis


 

Caladenia exilis ssp. vanleeuwenii – Moora Spider Orchid

Moora Spider Orchid Moora Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia pendens – Pendant Spider Orchid

Caladenia pendens Pendant Spider Orchid Pendant Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia pendens ssp. talbotii – Talbot’s Spider Orchid

Talbot's Spider Orchid Talbot's Spider Orchid Talbot's Spider Orchid Talbot's Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia nobilis – Noble Spider Orchid

Caladenia nobilis Noble Spider Orchid Noble Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia microchila – Western Wispy Spider Orchid

Western Wispy Spider Orchid Western Wispy Spider Orchid Western Wispy Spider Orchid leaf

 


 

Caladenia horistes – Cream Spider Orchid

Cream Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia chapmanii – Chapman’s Spider Orchid

Chapman's Spider Orchid Caladenia chapmanii Chapman's Spider Orchid Chapman's Spider Orchid Chapman's Spider Orchid Chapman's Spider Orchid Chapman's Spider Orchid Chapman's Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia occidentalis – Ruby Spider Orchid

Caladenia occidentalis


 

Caladenia footeana – Crimson Spider Orchid

Crimson Spider Orchid Crimson Spider Orchid Crimson Spider Orchid Caladenia footeana


 

Caladenia filifera – Blood Spider Orchid

Blood Spider Orchid Caladenia filifera Blood Spider Orchid Blood Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia fuscolutescens – Ochre Spider Orchid

Ochre Spider Orchid Ochre Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia dundasiae – Patricia’s Spider Orchid

This orchid was photographed at the type location for this species hence the identification but closer examination reveals that it is C filifera.

Patricia's Spider Orchid Patricia's Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia pulchra – Slender Spider Orchid

Slender Spider Orchid Slender Spider Orchid Slender Spider Orchid Slender Spider Orchid Slender Spider Orchid Caladenia pulchra


 

Caladenia petrensis – Rock Spider Orchid

Rock Spider Orchid Rock Spider Orchid Caladenia petrensis


 

Caladenia ultima – Late Spider Orchid

Caladenia ultima


 

Caladenia elegans – Elegant Spider Orchid

Elegant Spider Orchid

More about Elegant Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia xantha – Primrose Spider Orchid

Caladenia xantha Primrose Spider Orchid Primrose Spider Orchid Primrose Spider Orchid Primrose Spider Orchid Primrose Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia denticulata – Yellow Spider Orchid

Yellow Spider Orchid Yellow Spider Orchid leaf Yellow Spider Orchid Yellow Spider Orchid Yellow Spider Orchid Yellow Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia caesarea – Mustard Orchid

Mustard Orchid Caladenia caesarea Mustard Orchid leaf


 

Caladenia caesarea ssp. maritima – Cape Mustard Orchid

Cape Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia radialis – Drooping Spider Orchid

Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid Drooping Spider Orchid leaf


 

Caladenia bicalliata – Limestone Spider Orchid

Limestone Spider Orchid Limestone Spider Orchid


 

Caladenia bicalliata ssp. cleistogama – Sandhill Spider Orchid

Limestone Spider Orchid Sandhill Spider Orchid Sandhill Spider Orchid Sandhill Spider Orchid leaf


 

Caladenia melanema – Ballerina Orchid

Ballerina Orchid Ballerina Orchid Ballerina Orchid


 

Caladenia erythronema – Nyabing Spider Orchid 

Caladenia erythronema Caladenia erythronema


Caladenia remota – Outback Spider Orchid

Outback Spider Orchid Outback Spider Orchid Outback Spider Orchid

 

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One Comment

  1. Comment by Gail:

    This is so helpful I can see the difference in the orchids here.

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