Caladenia barbarossa, mesocera, drakeoides, barbarella - Dragon Orchids

Originally only one species of dragon orchid was known and this was named Caladenia barbarossa. More recently three new species were discovered, bringing the total to four. The four species were then placed in the genus Drakonorchis.The genus has now been reclassified as a subgenus of Caladenia. Thus the orchids are now part of Caladenia.

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarossa - Dragon Orchid

The Dragon Orchid is distinguished by its wide, hairy labellum. It is found between Perth and Esperance, but not in the extreme lower south west. One of its preferred habitats is under Sheoak thickets. It occasionally forms hybrids with White Spider Orchids (Caladenia longicauda)


Caladenia x enigma - White Dragon

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

Caladenia x enigma - Enigmatic Spider Orchid

This orchid is a hybrid between the White Spider Orchid (Caladenia longicauda) and the Dragon Orchid (Caladenia barbarossa). It is reasonably common in areas where both species are found together.


Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

Caladenia mesocera - Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid

The Narrow-lipped Dragon Orchid, as its name suggests, is identified by its narrow labellum and also by the two hooked horns at the base of the labellum. It is found in the central and eastern wheatbelt.


Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

Caladenia drakeoides - Hinged Dragon Orchid

The Hinged Dragon Orchid has a hinged labellum with petals and sepals that hang close to the stem - it looks similar to a hammer orchid, hence its name drakeoides, named after the hammer orchids, Drakaea.

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

Caladenia barbarella - Small Dragon Orchid

The Small Dragon Orchid is similar to the Narrow-lipped Dragon, but has flowers that are smaller - about 2/3 the size. It also has a more hairy labellum, but not as hairy as the 'normal' Dragon Orchid (C. barbarossa) It is found in a small area east of Kalbarri and is listed as threatened Flora.

One Response to Caladenia barbarossa, mesocera, drakeoides, barbarella - Dragon Orchids

  1. Thanks for this. In late October this year (2016) I photographed what i think is a barbarossa at Bremer Bay opposite the camp ground alongside the walking trail which follows the river. I grew up in Albany as a kid and do not recall ever seeing one before.

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