Tawny Spider-orchid  |  

Caladenia fulva

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The tawny spider-orchid grows to 25 cm high, with a single leaf and one to two creamy white to pale yellowish flowers streaked with red. Endemic to Victoria, the tawny spider-orchid occurs in a small area near Stawell in the western goldfields region. This species is found in flat or gently sloping terrain on well drained soils, in woodlands and open forest dominated by Eucalyptus leucoxylon and E. tricarpa. Two populations were located in 2010 containing around 650 individuals. The tawny spider orchid emerges in autumn with the onset of winter rainfall and is dormant in summer, flowering occurs in September and October. Illegal collection is a threat to this species.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Caladenia fulva

    Fire Timing and potential The specific role of fire for the tawny spider orchid is unknown. frequency However; fires that occur in autumn; winter and spring; after the species shoots but before seed is set; may pose a threat.