Pterostylis foliata


Pterostylis foliata
Slender Greenhood
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
15 - 40cm tall when in flower. Slender.

LEAVES: Lower leaves elliptic, approx 5 x 1cm in size, forming an irregular rosette. Stem leaves consist of 1 or 2 sheathing bracts up the stem, 2-3 cm long.

FLOWER: Single. 2cm high, erect. Green with translucent white stripes. Dorsal sepal tip very short, dark green. Petals more or less the same length as the dorsal sepal. Lateral sepals diverge at a narrow angle, tips usually erect. Labellum broad, dark green above, pale beneath, gradually narrowing toward the tip.
Stigma elliptic, slightly prominent.

FLOWERING TIME: October - December.

HABITAT: Lowland to montane. Open scrub, banks, and grassy places.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Flower stem elongates considerably after pollination.
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