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Caladenia transitoria D.L.Jones
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Bronze Caladenia

Caladenia transitoria D.L.Jones APNI*

Synonyms: Stegostyla transitoria (D.L.Jones) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Caladenia iridescens auct. non R.S.Rogers APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaf narrow-linear, to 10 cm long and 2 mm wide, and sparsely hairy.

Inflorescence to 25 cm high, 1–4-flowered, sparsely hairy. Flowers scentless, short-lived. Sepals and lateral petals to 1 cm long, narrow, thick, divergent, the inner surfaces usually greenish yellow and outer surfaces densely covered in sessile purple glands; dorsal sepal forming a cap over the column. Labellum ± ovate, 5–6 mm long, 3-lobed, whitish with reddish purple bars; lateral lobes entire; midlobe broad-triangular with glandular calli on margins. Calli crowded into 4 rows, heads globose, granular, dark purple; calli stalks becoming shorter towards the labellum apex until heads appear congested and sessile. Column c. 6 mm long with broad apical wings and reddish marks; basal glands absent.

Photo M. Bradhurst

Flowering: September–November

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest; chiefly in the Blue Mtns and coastal districts.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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