Alpine Caladenia/Mountain Hooded-orchid
These beautiful orchids were about 25 cms tall. Flowers were on stout stems with pink tinges on the hood-forming central sepal. The other sepals and petals were spread out. The labellum had dark redish spots and transverse bars. Leaves were fleshy and lanceolate.
Spotted along the track in an alpine national park (Baw Baw NP)
''Caladenia alpina'', commonly known as mountain or alpine caladenia, is a plant in the orchid family Orchidaceae and is native to subalpine areas of south-eastern Australia and to New Zealand. It has a single fleshy leaf and a thin wiry flowering spike bearing two white flowers with red bars on the labellum. In New Zealand this orchid is sometimes known as ''Caladenia lyallii''.