Common name: Green Comb, Fringed Spider Orchid
Caladenia tentaculata Schltdl. APNI*
Synonyms: Arachnorchis tentaculata (Schltr.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf lanceolate, to 12 cm long and 18 mm wide, hairy.
Inflorescence to 45 cm high, rarely more than 2-flowered, hairy, wiry. Sepals and lateral petals to 7 cm long, with 3 reddish stripes; tails often more than half the length of the segments; sepal tails ending in clubs that are short (5 mm long), narrow and yellowish; lateral sepals and petals obliquely deflexed (sepals tend to cross). Labellum more or less ovate, to 20 mm long, to c. 20 mm wide, 3-lobed, greenish with maroon tip; lateral lobes with linear, curved teeth to c. 8 mm long. Central calli linear, club-like, congested, in 4 rows. Column base with 2 yellow glands and large, flaring wings.
Flowering: August to January
Distribution and occurrence: West to Hillston district.
Grows in a wide range of habitats but most common in sclerophyll forest or woodland on sandy to rocky soils but also on clay loams.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, ?SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Previously confused in N.S.W. with C. dilatata R.Br. var. dilatata.
Text by P. Bernhardt
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