Pterostylis tasmanica


Pterostylis tasmanica
Syn: Plumatichilos tasmanicum
Bearded Greenhood
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
To 20cm high. Slender. Stem partly enclosed in leafy bracts.

LEAVES: Many leaves in a basal rosette. Oval to lance-shaped, less than 2cm long. Sheathing bracts along the stem. Juvenile plants form a star flat to the ground.

FLOWER: Single. 1.5 - 2cm high. Green with translucent green markings. Lateral sepals hang down in front of the flower. Labellum floppy, protruding from the front of the flower, covered in yellow hairs, and with a dark brown callus at the tip. Stigma broad and long.

FLOWERING TIME: September - October.

HABITAT: Clay hillsides, and beneath open light scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Threatened - Nationally Endangered.

NOTES: Incorrectly identified as P barbata and P plumosa in the past.
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