Caladenia minorata

Small waxlip orchid

This deciduous terrestrial grows in heathland around Brisbane.

It has a single hairy leaf with a flower stem to 15 cm with a single violet flower 25 mm across. The labellum is small with white base and dark violet tip.

The other orchid which can be confused with this orchid is Caladenia major which has a much larger labellum with a yellow callus at the base of the labellum.

Caladenias also look superficially similar and can be easily separated by their long narrow leaves less than 3 mm wide.

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