Bearded Greenhood

Bearded Greenhood
Photographer
Deb Oliver
Common Name
Bearded Greenhood
Scientific Name
Pterostylis plumosa
Size
15-30cm
Leaf Description
5-20 fleshy lance-shaped pale green leaves crowded around the base of the stem and extending upwards, 1-3cm x 5-15mm. 1-3 small closely sheathing stem leaves.
General Description
Perennial herb rising from round tubers to form small colonies. Central sepal and petals united into a galea (hood) over the column and labellum (lip). Lateral sepals joined at the base, ending in fine points.
Flower Description
Single green and white flower to 35mm across. Galea projecting upwards ending in a fine tip. Narrow lateral sepals pointing downwards with margins rolled in. A long labellum with fine yellow hairs and ending in a brown knob.
Flower Colour
Shiny green with darker stripes
Flowering Months
August
September
October
Habitat
Dry and valley sclerophyll forest, heathy woodland
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Moist well drained soil. Semi shade.