Common name: White Caladenia, White Fingers
Caladenia catenata (Sm.) Druce APNI*
Synonyms: Caladenia alba R.Br. APNI*
Petalochilus catenatus (Sm.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear, to 12 cm long, 4 cm wide, and sparsely hairy.
Inflorescence to 30 cm high, rarely > 2-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals to 2 cm long, glistening white or rarely with a pinkish tinge; dorsal sepal erect. Labellum 3-lobed, white with a yellow-orange tip; lateral lobes entire, white or sometimes stained with purplish blotches; midlobe long, margins comb-like with elongated, acute, undulating teeth. Central calli in 2 rows with smooth stalks, clubbed-golfstick heads, yellow, distributed only up to the base of the midlobe. Column whitish green with rounded apical wings.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and shrubland, often coastal, more frequent in sandier soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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