Caleana major

Caleana major

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
SubTribe: Drakaneinae
Genus: Caleana
Species: C. major
Binomial name
Caleana major
R. Brown 1810

Caleana major is an epiphytic orchid from the genus Caleana.


Plant flowers from spring to summer with one to five 6.25 cm wide flowers.

The lip resembles a flying duck with clearly expressed beak. It is pollinated by the male sawfly in similar way to the pollination of Drakaea (the hammer Orchid).


Plant is found growing in loose soil in the open forest of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia at elevations of 0 to 600 meters



Common Names:The Larger Caleana


  1. Caleana minor R. Br. 1810
  2. Caleya major R.Br. 1813
  3. Caleya minor R.Br. 1826;

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