Pterostylis subsimilis


Pterostylis subsimilis
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
7 - 20cm tall.

LEAVES: Up to 5 broad, oval leaves, 10cm x 1.3cm. Tips narrow & pointed. The lowest leaf small and narrow.

FLOWER: Single, often leaning forward, 3cm high. Green with translucent white stripes. Dorsal sepal down-turned at the tip. Lateral sepals short and turned backwards, tips usually orange. Labellum red with a prominent mid-rib. Stigma long & wider than the column.

FLOWERING TIME: November - December.

HABITAT: Montane to sub-alpine forest, scrub and tracksides.


NOTES: Found in the Ruahine, Tararua and Aorangi Ranges. Similar in appearance to Pterostylis areolata and Pterostylis patens. The taxonomic status is still unclear.
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