Pterostylis auriculata


Pterostylis auriculata
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 30cm high when in flower. Stems sometimes reddish.

LEAVES: 3 to 4 long, broad, arched leaves. Up to 16cm by 1.5 cm. Leaves are wider than most other grass-leaved Pterostylis.

FLOWER: Single. 2 - 3cm high. Greenish-red with translucent white stripes. Dorsal sepal and petals narrow. Ends of dorsal sepal and petals usually tinged with red. Lateral sepals erect, tips 25mm long, tinged with red. Labellum linear-oblong, red, arched and tapering, mid-rib prominent.

October - November.

HABITAT: Coastal to lowland forest floors and light scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Found in the south of the South Island and on the Kapiti Coast.
Previously tag-named as Pterostylis "Catlins".
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