Caladenia carnea

Common Name: Pink Fairy, Pink Fingers

Pink Fairy Orchid

Pink Fairy Orchid

Description:  Leaf narrow-linear, to 15 cm long and 4 mm wide, and sparsely hairy.

Inflorescence to 24 cm high, 1–3-flowered. Flowers often sweet to musky scented. Sepals and lateral petals usually 0.8–1.5 cm long, outer surfaces with many glandular hairs, greenish pink, sometimes striped; the inner surfaces whitish pink or greenish white; dorsal sepal erect or (rarely) hooding the column. Labellum ± obovate, to 10 mm long, to 10 mm wide, 3-lobed, lateral lobes entire; midlobe broad-triangular, margins usually with short teeth or rarely entire. Central calli in 2 rows with smooth stalks, clubbed heads, yellow, and distributed up to the base of the midlobe. Column 6–8 mm long, incurved, interior with red transverse bars, apical wings narrow-acute.

Flower colour: White to pink, with distinct, transverse, red bars towards the base and a yellowish tip;

Flowering Time: August to December
Grows where: Wide variety of habitats from coastal heath sclerophyll forest, wood and shrub-land, including areas cleared by humans.

Height:  24 cm

Link to PlantNET New South Wales Flora Online: Pink Fairy Orchid


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