Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Caladenia testacea R.Br.

Terrestrial orchid with a small globular tuber and single, lance-shaped leaf, and a small terminal raceme bearing up to 6 small white to greenish-yellow brown flowers in winter to spring.  To 20cm.  [Jones, FNSW, Beadle].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1824.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [O.58/1850].  Collected at Nangus in southern NSW, a Macarthur family grazing property.


See notes at ‘Orchid species unidentified no.3’.

Published Jan 26, 2010 - 05:24 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:44 PM

Figured, right, is a ground orchid with narrow leaves, small tuber and whitish flowers with brown markings.  Fitzgerald, c.1879.

Caladenia testacea R.Br. | Fitzgerald/c.1879 | CPA.  Caladenia testacea is the plant on the right.

Family Orchidaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Australia

  • Stegostyla testacea (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.
Common Name

Honey caps

Name in the Camden Park Record

Orchid no.24 

Confidence level high