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Pterostylis australis
Greenhood
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 30cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: 3 to 6 leaves. Up to 16cm long by 1.5 cm wide. The shape changing from bottom to top. Lower leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic. Upper leaves longer and narrower.

FLOWER: Single. 3 - 5cm high. Dark to pale green with white stripes. Dorsal sepal turned downward. Lateral sepals reflexed slightly backward. Labellum dark green, flushed red from the mid-point to the tip.

FLOWERING TIME:
November to December.

HABITAT: Lowland to sub-alpine forests. Mainly montane in the North Is.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened.

NOTES: There is a degree of debate as to the true identity of P australis.
     
Photo: Ian St George    
     
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