This is a general collection for the whole Macedon Range including the Macedon Regional Park, Barrm Birrm (Riddells Creek), Barringo, Mt. Robertson, Mt Charlie, Mt Teneriffe, T-Hill and Conglomerate Gully.
Usually a mat-forming low shrub to 50 cm high.
Leaves 5–18 mm long, 0.6–3 mm wide, sharply pointed a tip, lower surface usually paler; margins toothed.
Flowers bright red, tubular, often hidden by the foliage.
Small sweet-tasting green-black berries.
Flowers Jan - July
Leaves fleshy, distinctly ribbed on the outside. Apex of mid-lobe of column (yellow part) somewhat dorsally compressed with a V-notch. Lateral lobes of column with a terminal tuft of white hairs, extending horizontally and converging. More than 5 flowers per stem (I can count 7 or 8 including the buds).
High resolution copy for first photo (habit). See "original" resolution.
Note: Many plants in this area - all with white or very pale pink flowers instead of the more common deep pink to magenta colour.
In my experience, Caladenia moschata can have a quite strongly vertically compressed dorsal sepal similar to C. cucullata but the second half of the labellum is not completely purple as in C. cucullata. I find that the detection of a strong musky scent is not a reliable feature.
Close up of flowers, showing hood-like outgrowths of petals which closely cover the stamens. (Cryptandra = "hidden stamens").
Branchlets covered with fine stellate hairs. Leaves shortly petiolate, ovate to obovate or oblong, 2–5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, mainly glabrous.