Common name: Blue Fairy and Bluebeard Caladenia
Pheladenia deformis (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Synonyms: Cyanicula deformis (R.Br.) Hopper & A.P.Br. APNI*
Caladenia deformis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear, 3–10 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely hirsute on margins with patent, eglandular trichomes to 1 mm long.
Inflorescence to 15 cm high, usually 1-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals 14–20 mm long, 3–5 mm wide; outer surface usually with scattered purple glandular hairs, inner surface bright blue (rarely white, pinkish or yellow). Labellum scarcely 3-lobed, rhomboidal when flattened, 10–14 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, dark blue apically, becoming white basally; lamina calli white in basal 2/3 of lamina, blue in apical 1/3, capitate on a narrowly cylindrical stalk. Column 7–10 mm long, 3–4 mm wide.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon but sometimes forms discrete clumps among small shrubs in heath and mallee; south from Molong.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
May form an intergeneric hybrid with Glossodia major.
Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept: S.D. Hopper & A.P. Brown (2004, Australian Systematic Botany 17: 171–240.)
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