Pterostylis tristis


Pterostylis tristis
Syn: Hymenochilus tristis
Midget Greenhood
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Tiny. 2 - 10cm high. Resembles Pterostylis tanypoda but more slender and with smaller flowers.

LEAVES: Basal rosette of oval leaves. Yellow green or brownish, sometimes mottled. Sheathing leaves surround the stem.

FLOWERS: 1 - 6 flowers. 5 - 10mm high. Striped brownish-green. Lateral sepals join together and point downward. Labellum has no forward projecting knob as in Pterostylis tanypoda. Edges of the petals are minutely toothed.

FLOWERING TIME: October - January.

HABITAT: Montane to subalpine grassland and shingly open places.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Easily overlooked due to its diminutive size.
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