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Family: Orchidaceae
Caladenia pusilla

Citation: W.M. Curtis, Student's Fl. Tas. 4A: 133 (1980).

Synonymy: C. carnea R. Br. var. pygmaea R. Rogers, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 51:13 (1927). , Caladenia minor, Caladenia pygmaea, Petalochilus pusillus

Common name: None

A slender plant, glandular-pubescent, 3-9 cm high; leaf linear, 2-5 cm long; flower usually 1, rarely 2, perianth-segments 5-8 mm long and c. 2.5 mm broad; dorsal sepal erect at the base then somewhat incurred; lateral sepals and petals subequal, lanceolate, falcate, apices bluntly pointed or rounded, usually deep-pink (rarely white); labellum 3-4 mm long and to 5 mm wide; lateral lobes oval, wider than the middle-lobe, translucent-white, transversely barred with crimson; mid-lobe narrow-triangular, yellow apically; calli in 2 rows, slender-stalked with yellow globular heads, mostly on the basal half of the labellum; column 4-5 mm long, slightly incurved, winged all the way but more broadly barred distally and blotched with crimson; anther acuminate, papillose.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, SL, KI, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Nov.

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Biology: Flowers often only half-opening. Occurs in clumps or small groups in clay or gravel soils in exposed sites in open forest, often in soils which are boggy in winter but bake hard in summer. Sometimes difficult to separate from specimens of C. carnea var. minor.

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