Pterostylis alobula


Pterostylis alobula
Syn: Diplodium alobulum
Winter Greenhood
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
To 15cm tall. Slender.

LEAVES: FLOWERING PLANTS: Stem leaves 4 - 5, lanceolate, up to 4cm in length.
Basal leaves in a rosette, shovel-shaped, less than 1cm across. Smooth or lightly embossed.

FLOWER: Single, sometimes twin flowered. 1 - 2cm high. Green with translucent white stripes, sometimes with red in the hood. Hood tip usually horizontal. Lateral sepals diverge at a narrow angle to form a V in frontal view. Labellum red, arched, tapering to a narrow inverted U at the tip. Ovary and long tips of lateral sepals usually reddish. Lateral sepal V sinus lacks the forward jutting spout of the other Pterostylis species.

FLOWERING TIME: April - October.

HABITAT: Lowland to montane light forests and scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened. Locally common.

NOTES: Has distinct adult and juvenile stages.
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