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Caladenia speciosa is a terrestrial, perennial, deciduous, herb with an underground tuber and a single erect, hairy leaf, 150–250 mm (6–10 in) long and 5–12 mm (0.2–0.5 in) wide. Up to three flowers 120–180 mm (5–7 in) long and 100–150 mm (4–6 in) wide are borne on a stalk 350–600 mm (10–20 in) tall. The flowers are white, often with a pink or red tinge. The sepals and petals have long, thin, brownish thread-like tips. The dorsal sepal is erect, 80–130 mm (3–5 in) long and 2–4 mm (0.08–0.2 in) wide. The lateral sepals are 80–150 mm (3–6 in) long and 5–9 mm (0.2–0.4 in) wide, spread widely and horizontally near their base but then curve downwards. The petals are 65–105 mm (3–4 in) long and 3–6 mm (0.1–0.2 in) wide and arranged like the lateral sepals. The labellum is 20–30 mm (0.8–1 in) long, 8–16 mm (0.3–0.6 in) wide and white but with erect, narrow red teeth up to 15 mm (0.6 in) long on the sides. The tip of the labellum is curled under and there are between four and six rows of pink or white calli along the mid-line of the labellum. Flowering occurs from September to October but is more prolific after fire the previous summer.