Distribution: Endemic to South West Australia. A genus of 7 species; All 7 species are in Western Australia; Flowers aggregated in ‘inflorescences’; in cymes, or in panicles.
Greenish-yellow and brownish-red flowers. Grows between 250mm-500mm in height
A low compact shrub with bright red tubular flowers. Small leaves are crowded along the stems and have very sharp points.
Erect shrub, 0.25-1 m high. Fl. white, Jul to Oct. Sandy & lateritic soils. Sandplains.
Although there is general agreement that this orchid is discoidea, it appears to be known by both common names, Dancing Spider and Bee Orchid. Grows to 100mm - 450mm.
Photos taken on New Years Day 2015, flowers at the end of their season. Flowers blue/white/purple, Oct to Dec or Jan to Mar. Erect annual or biennial, herb, 0.1-2 m high. Sand, loam,
The bluest of all wild flowers.
Tree or shrub (in south coastal areas), 1.5-10 m high, with epicormic buds. Fl. yellow-green, Sep to Dec or Jan. White or grey sand, laterite.
Cycads are ancient cone bearing plants that do not produce flowers. They are very slow growing with palm-like leaves extending from a central trunk. Male and female cones are borne on separate plants.
Photo by Graeme W. This yellow orchid is the cape spider, the very rare Caladenia caesarea.
Photo by Graeme W. The Carbunup King Spider Orchid , Caladenia procera, a quite rare orchid found in a small area of the Dunsborough area
Chapmans Spider Orchid Caladenia chapmanii comes in different colour forms from nearly white through to this one - nearly purple. Photo by Graeme W.
photo by Graeme W. The Club-lipped spider orchid, Caladenia corynephora, found in isolated pockets over the south west of WA
Dense shrub or tree (rarely), 0.8-4(-7) m high. Fl. yellow, Sep to Dec or Jan to May. White/grey sand. Coastal sand dunes & limestone.
Much-branched shrub, 0.3-4 m high. Fl. red/white-yellow, Apr to Nov. White sand, red clay, brown and white gravel, limestone. Plateaus, coastal cliffs, hillsides, road verges.
Erect shrub, 0.2-1(-1.5) m high. Fl. white-cream, Mar to Jul. Mainly on gravelly lateritic soils.
Erect, multi-stemmed, lignotuberous shrub, 0.3-2 m high. Fl. white-other, Jul to Dec. Sand, gravel, laterite. Sandplains.
Tuberous, perennial, herb, 0.09-0.45 m high, horizontally arranged flowers. Grows in grey, brown or black sand, granitic loam. Sandy Banksia woodland, mallee woodland on margins of salt lakes.
Photo by Graeme W. The Dunsborough spider orchid, Caladenia viridescens ,a very rare orchid with perhaps 20 plants left at best, found in the Dunsborough area.
Photo by Graeme W. The vivid white and red orchid is the exotic spider orchid caladenia nivalis, from the dunsborough area.
photo by Graeme W.
Spreading, lignotuberous shrub, 0.2m-1 m high. Fl. orange-red, Mar or May to Dec or Jan. Granitic soils, sand, loamy clay, lateritic soils. Granite outcrops, hills, sometimes winter-wet flats.
Shrub, 0.3-2.4 m high. Fl. pink-purple/white, Jul to Nov. Sandy, often gravelly soils over granite or laterite. Associated with granite rocks or watercourses.
Tuberous, perennial, herb, 0.25-0.6 m high. Fl. green & cream & red, Sep to Oct. Grey or brown sand, clay loam. Grand Spider Orchid is listed as Threatened Flora (Declared Rare Flora).