Caladenia arenicola, ferruginea, georgii, paludosa - Carousel, Rusty, Tuart and Swamp Spider Orchids

This group consists of, beautiful, large spider orchids ranging in colour from almost fully red to almost white. The Carousel, Tuart and Swamp Spider Orchids are very similar in appearance and differ in flower colour, size and habitat.
The Carousel Spider Orchid is usually quite red with green edged petals and sepals, while the Swamp Spider Orchid and the Tuart Spider Orchid have mainly white petals and sepals. The Swamp Spider Orchid grows in winter wet swamps, hence its name.
The Rusty Spider Orchid is superficially similar to the other species listed here, but is readily distinguished by its clubbed petals and rusty red colour. The labellum is also distinctive, being red-tipped with a sharp line between the red area and the white area.
Photographs in which the identification is uncertain are marked with an asterisk (*).

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

The Carousel Spider Orchid is common in remnant bushland in Perth. Flower colour varies greatly from dark red to almost white. Most plants have green edges to the petals and sepals.


Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid*

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgii - Tuart Spider Orchid

The Tuart Spider Orchid is found between Perth and Bunbury and is very similar to pale Carousel Spider Orchids, hence the identification of some of the photos above is uncertain.


Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

The Rusty Spider Orchid is distinguished by its heavily clubbed sepals and its two coloured labellum.


Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

The Swamp Spider Orchid is distinguished by its preference for growing in winter wet swamps and the darker red colour of the labellum. The labellum is also distinctive with its short, thick calli and fringing.