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Family: Orchidaceae
Caladenia carnea

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 324 (1810).

Synonymy: Caladenia catenata, Petalochilus carneus

Common name: Pink fingers.

Plant 7-60 cm high; leaf hairy, narrow-linear, often as long as the scape.

Flowers 1-3, pink, more rarely white; perianth-segments a dusky green, with glandular hairs and pink stripes on the outside, pink and glabrous within; tips generally acute but sometimes blunt; dorsal sepal erect or slightly incurved, linear, 11-16 mm long; lateral sepals spreading, generally longer than the dorsal sepal, 11-20 mm, lanceolate, falcate or not; petals narrower than the sepals but about the same length, spreading, falcate, lanceolate; sometimes, especially in the smaller forms of the species, all the segments of the perianth equal; labellum sessile, 3-lobed, erect at the base, recurved beyond the middle; lateral lobes broad, erect, prominent, with a rounded anterior border and entire margins; middle lobe small, lanceolate, more or less dentate or fringed with a few marginal calli; lamina with 2 rows of stalked clubbed calli (sometimes larger and in 4-6 rows at the base) not extending beyond the bend; column c. 6 mm long, incurved, rather narrowly winged; anther with rather a long point; stigma elliptic.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Column and labellum not barred
var. A 3d.
1. Column and labellum barred with dark-red. 2. Tip of labellum orange; calli in 2-6 rows; flowers usually bright-pink; plant 30-60 cm high
var. gigantea 3b.
2. Tip of labellum yellow; calli in 2 rows; flowers pink or white; plant 7-30 cm high
3. Perianth-segments 10-15 mm long; flowers expanding for up to 6 weeks; insect-pollinated
var. carnea 3a.
3. Perianth-segments 5-7 mm long; flowers expanding only briefly; self-pollinated
var. minor 3c.

Author: Not yet available

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