Caladenia stellata D.L.Jones APNI*
Synonyms: Arachnorchis stellata (D.L.Jones) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear to lanceolate, to 15 cm long and 19 mm wide, (leaf base sharply constricted), woolly with red-purple blotches.
Inflorescence to 30 cm high, usually 1-flowered, wiry, hairy. Sepals and lateral petals to 3.8 cm long, greenish cream (each segment with red suffusions and/or red central stripes); sepal tails usually ending in clubs 5–10 mm long. Labellum cordate or ovate, 12–18 mm long, 7–13 mm wide, ± 3-lobed, greenish cream with a maroon tip; lateral margins with short, linear teeth becoming progressively shorter and broader towards tip. Central calli with linear heads, in 4, straight, parallel rows (the 2 inner rows with heads appearing shorter and narrower than the outer 2 rows). Column with 2 yellow glands and broadening wings.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in Callitris-dominated woodland in gravelly soils or red sandy loams; south from Rankins Springs district.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: ?Vic. S.A.
Recently segregated from C. fitzgeraldii.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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