Pterostylis silvicultrix


Pterostylis silvicultrix
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 30cm high.

LEAVES: Juveniles have broad-ovate to broad-elliptic leaves. Flowering plants have a basal set of broad-ovate or elliptic leaves and narrow grass-like leaves up the stem.

FLOWER: Single. 2cm high. Dark green with translucent white stripes. Sepal tips often tinged orange-red. Dorsal sepal tip short, only slightly longer than the petals. Lateral sepals short, often with curled tips. Labellum twisted strongly to the right. Stigma long, oblong, slightly wider than the column.

FLOWERING TIME: November - December.

HABITAT: Shaded forest, restiad peat, amongst sedges on lake egdes. Often epiphytic on the trunks of tree ferns.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Endemic to the Chatham Islands.
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