Caladenia arenicola, ferruginea, georgei, 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.
Photographs in which the identification is uncertain are marked with an asterisk (*).


Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

The Carousel Spider Orchid is distinguished by its petals and sepals that are usually red with greenish edges. The colouring is quite variable, ranging from dark red to almost white. The orchid is common in remnant bushland in the Perth metropolitan area.

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

Caladenia arenicola - Carousel Spider Orchid

Caladenia arenicola x Caladenia longicauda - Carousel Hybrid


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 below is uncertain.

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 georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid

Caladenia georgei - Tuart Spider Orchid


Caladenia ferruginea - Rusty Spider Orchid

The Rusty Spider Orchid is distinguished by its heavily clubbed sepals and its distinctly two coloured labellum. It is also distinguished by the manner in which two of the petals are held upwards.

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

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 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.

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

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid

Caladenia paludosa - Swamp Spider Orchid