Common name: Black Tongue Caladenia
Caladenia congesta R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Stegostyla congesta (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb, rarely forming extensive colonies.
Leaf linear, to 18 cm long and 6 mm wide, sparsely hairy.
Inflorescence to 60 cm high, 1–3-flowered, sparsely hairy. Sepals and lateral petals c. 2 cm long, apices bluntly acute, usually a bright pink with outer surface bearing dark hairs; dorsal sepal forming a narrow, curved cap over the column. Labellum c. 9 mm long and 7 mm wide, 3-lobed; lateral lobes falcate, entire, pink; midlobe long-acuminate, entire, completely covered by calli. Calli in 2 obscure rows, black, 2 basal calli stalked, central and apical calli sessile becoming increasingly congested and overlapping so that the narrow, incurved, labellum tip is prominently scaly and blackened. Column c. 8 mm long with broad apical wings, with pink blotches, basal glands absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shallow stony soils of montane ridges; south from Wellington district.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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