Caladenia latifoliaCommon name: Pink Fairy Orchid

Meaning of name: Caladenia is from the Greek words calos, meaning beautiful, and aden meaning gland. Some species of Caladenia have coloured glands at the base of the column. The column is an organ combining the stamens and style of the flower. Latifolia is from the Latin lati, meaning broad, and folium, meaning leaf.

Distribution: Occurs along the coast and in woodland between Kalbarri and Israelite Bay. It can be found in a variety of habitats and soil types.

Description: Single leaf to 25cm long beneath pink flowers on stems to 45cm.

Notes: Albino forms are known to occur. This plant can hybridise with Caladenia flava and Caladenia longicauda.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Orchids of South-West Australia. Noel Hoffman & Andrew Brown. 1992.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.