Pterostylis cardiostigma


Pterostylis cardiostigma
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 30cm tall. Stem often tinged orange.

LEAVES: Usually 4 - 6. Up to 15cm in length. Stiff, straight, and at an upward angle. Prominent keel often coloured orange or red.

FLOWER: Single. 3 - 4cm high. Green with narrow white stripes. Dorsal sepal and petals point upward. Ends of dorsal sepal, petals, and lateral sepals strongly flushed with orange or red. Lateral sepals diverge at a very narrow angle. Labellum red, tapering to a bent and pointed tip. Stigma wide and heart shaped. Ovary with prominent raised orange ribs.

FLOWERING TIME: October - November.

HABITAT: Lowland to montane forests and scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened. Uncommon.

NOTES: Flowers resemble an unopened Pterostylis banksii flower.
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