Today’s entry was written by Katherine. She writes:
Thank you to sloanbj@Flickr (aka Benjamin Sloan) for this beautiful picture of Caladenia georgei, a native to Western Australia. Commonly called George’s caladenia or Tuart spider orchid, Caladenia georgei has recently been renamed in two different publications. Benjamin posted the photograph under the name Arachnorchis georgei (Hopper & A.P.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem., a name which has been used elsewhere occasionally since its publication in a 2002 paper in Orchadian. The other name is Calonemorchis georgei (Hopper & A.P.Br.) Szlach. & Rutk., published in 2003 in Richardiana. We’ve opted to use the accepted name from The Plant List. As noted by the Pacific Bulb Society, the name Caladenia is from the Greek words calos meaning “beautiful”, and aden meaning “glands, due to the “colourful labellum and the glistening glands at the base of the column”.
Caladenia georgei, a member of Orchidaceae, has a 1-3 flowered inflorescence and blooms in spring (September-October) with white, red, and yellow flowers. The Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia states that Caladenia georgei is a species of low elevations (sea level to 80m). Plants grow in scrub on stabilized sand.