The Rosella spider-orchid grows 10 to 17 cm tall and has a single pale to bright rose-pink flower. It occurs in disjunct populations north east of Melbourne at Cottlesbridge, Research and Christmas Hills and, there is an unconfirmed record from near Stawell. In 2000 it was estimated that there were 120 plants in four populations. Typically found in heath woodlands and woodlands on well-drained, sandy soils, this species shoots in response to soaking autumn rains and becomes dormant in the summer after flowering in August and September. Invasive weeds and trampling by recreational activities are threats to the Rosella spider-orchid.
Rosella Spider-orchid |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Little Pink Spider-orchid
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Caladenia rosella
Fire Timing and potential The role of fire for the rosella spider orchid is unknown (Todd frequency 2000).
Too frequent fire may pose a threat by killing any growth stimulated by initial summer fires.