Pterostylis patens


Pterostylis patens
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 40cm tall. Robust.

LEAVES: Usually 4 - 6 broad leaves, up to 15cm in length. Widest near the stem, narrowing to a pointed tip.

FLOWER: Single. 3 - 6cm high. Green striped with white. Ends of dorsal and lateral sepals often tinged with orange. Tip of dorsal sepal very long, curled downward and backward. Lateral sepals very long and pointed backward and downward. Labellum flat in cross-section, narrows slightly towards the tip. Stigma long and flat.

FLOWERING TIME: November - December.

HABITAT: Montane to sub-alpine forests and scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened. Locally common.

NOTES: The dominant Greenhood on Mt Taranaki, and fairly common in the Central North Island high country. Very obvious beside the walking tracks on Mt Taranaki in mid December.
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