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These pages will
feature some of the wildflowers we have photographed in Western Australia, and where possible, identified. If you
are able to help identify further flowers, or correct any I may have wrong, please contact us.
Information given for each species
will give botanical name, known common names, describe the flower, give time of year it flowered, and where it was photographed, and
the areas it occurs in. Names have been matched to Florabase which has also been used to show distribution.
of these wildflower in larger sized photos on our Flickr pages.
Caladenia arrecta Reaching Spider Orchid
A clubbed leafed spider orchid with yellow petals with red stripe part way down the petals
only, arms up-reaching in contrast to other spider orchids. Red labellum. Hairy leaf as typical of Spider orchids shown above
left. Flower above right appears to be unfurling
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia and found in scattered locations
from Toodyay to the north of Perth, Perth, South West, and mainly coastal areas from Perth to Esperance.
Caesia micrantha (formerly Caesia parviflora) Pale Grass Lily
A tiny and delicate white six petalled lily with several flowers
per stem, with mostly only one out a a time
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia and found throughout the Great Southern,
South West, Perth, coastal Wheatbelt and into the Mid West Regions
Caladenia flava Cowslip Orchid
Small yellow orchid which may have varying degrees of red splashes. Short or very short stems
usually with two or three flowers on the stem
Bridgetown, South West Region, Western Australia
Widespread through the South West,
Perth. Wheatbelt, Mid West, Great Southern Regions, and occurs in the Goldfields
Caladenia footeana is the most likely identification for this Blood Spider Orchid, Red Spider Orchid.
Apart from its small
size, this red Spider Orchid bears a resemblance to Caladenia chapmanii, a large red Spider Orchid with a wide white based labellum
and long and slender rich red petals. As the small size as photographed is typical of the Red Spider Orchids in this area of
bushland, I do not believe it is Caladenia chapmanii (which was named in 1983 after Dinninup farmer and orchid enthusiast Eric Chapman).
South West region, Western Australia and occurs in the Mid West, Wheatbelt, and Great Southern regions, and the inland South West
with an occurrence recorded in the Esperance Goldfields region.
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Caladenia flava x reptans (hybrid)
Small hybrid orchid with a variety of shades and patterns of pink mixed with yellow
South West Region, Western Australia, and found in areas where both Caladenia flava and Academia ns occur.
Caladenia caesarea Mustard Orchid
A tall spider orchid with slender yellow petals tipped with red. The wide yellow
labellum has rows of red stripes (of calli)
Mayanup (Boyup Brook area), South West Region, Western Australia and found in scattered
locations through the South West and Great Southern regions.
Caladenia x hypata, Southern Forest Spider Orchid
This appears to be the best match for this uncharacteristically curly hybrid spider
orchid, with yellow petals with a red stripe down the petals. Red tipped labellum with long side fringes.
Brook area), South West Region, Western Australia and found in limited locations in the lower Great Southern and South West regions
Caladenia lobata, Butterfly Orchid
A colourful orchid with yellow petals with a red stripe down the petals. Red tipped labellum
with long yellow side fringes which flutter in the breeze. Lower two petal partially fuses before splitting an turning upwards
(Boyup Brook area), South West Region, Western Australia and found in a few scattered locations in parts of the lower Great
Southern and lower South West regions