Caladenia falcata, integra, attingens, lobata - The Green Spider Orchid Group

This group of spectacular spider orchids contains 4 main species, all of which are characterised by their predominately green colouring and the upturned petals and sepals, giving them the classic 'upside-down' look. As a group, they are common between Perth and Esperance and out to the central wheatbelt. The green colouring gives rise to the collective name of Green Spider Orchids. Caladenia falcata, the most common in the group has the common name of Green Spider Orchid.

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

Caladenia falcata - Green Spider Orchid

The Green Spider Orchid (also known as the Fringed Mantis Orchid) is the most common of the green spider orchid group and is distinguished by its large, mostly green flowers. It is very common from the western edge to the central wheatbelt. While it is found in a variety of habitats, its preferred habitat is Sheok (Casuarina) thickets.


Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

Caladenia x cala - Wheatbelt Spider Orchid

This orchid is a hybrid between the Green Spider Orchid (Caladenia falcata) and any of the White Spider Orchid group (Caladenia longicauda). They are often found where the two parents are growing. The hybrid always has a red-tipped labellum and usually has greenish white petals that are held halfway between the upright petals of the Green Spider Orchid and the dangling petals of the White Spider Orchid.


Caladenia falcata x barbarossa - Green Dragon Orchid

Caladenia falcata x barbarossa - Green Dragon Orchid

Caladenia falcata x barbarossa - Green Dragon Orchid

Caladenia falcata x barbarossa - Green Dragon Orchid

This orchid is a hybrid between the Green Spider Orchid (Caladenia falcata) and the Dragon Orchid (Caladenia barbarossa). It is not anywhere near as common as the hybrid between the Green Spider Orchid and the White Spider Orchid - the Wheatbelt Spider Orchid (Caladenia x cala)


Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia integra - Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid

Caladenia hybrid

Caladenia hybrid

Caladenia hybrid

Caladenia hybrid

Similar to and often growing with the Green Spider Orchid, the Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid is easily distinguished by the lack of labellum fringes. They usually also have much taller stems than the Green Spider Orchid and can reach 60cm in height. The flowering time is a bit later, from late September to October.


Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens subsp. gracillima - Small Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens subsp. gracillima - Small Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens subsp. gracillima - Small Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens subsp. gracillima - Small Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

Caladenia attingens - Forest Mantis Orchid

The Forest Mantis Orchid is pretty much a mini Green Spider Orchid. The flowers are a bit smaller and usually more colourful (referring to the red streaks on the petals). It is found mainly between Perth and Albany and is particularly common in the region between Busselton, Augusta and Manjimup. The Small Mantis Orchid is mostly indistinguishable from the Forest Mantis Orchid. It has flowers that are slightly smaller with more colour and is found to the east from Albany to east of Esperance. This photographer considers it to be simply the eastern variety of the Forest Mantis Orchid.


Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

Caladenia lobata - Butterfly Orchid

The Butterfly Orchid is considered the most beautiful of the green spider orchid group. It is easily distinguished by the large, flattened labellum with fringing held out sideways. The labellum flutters in the slightest breeze, which can make photography challenging! The Butterfly Orchid has a strange distribution, which can be described as roughly along a line connecting Busselton with the Stirling Range.