Sickle Greenhood

Sickle Greenhood
Photographer
Dean Rouse
Common Name
Sickle Greenhood
Scientific Name
Pterostylis falcata
Size
30cm
Leaf Description
Loose rosette of 3-6 stalkless dark green elliptic leaves 2-8cm x 15-25mm, scattered on basal part of the stem. Smooth fleshy stem has 2-4 lance-shaped stem leaves. Sterile plants form a ground-hugging rosette.
General Description
Perennial herb rising from round tubers to form large 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
A single white and green striped flower, to 80mm across. Galea is sickle shaped, erect with a long horizontal tip. Fine tip of dorsal sepals exceeding petals. Deeply V shaped sinus, pointing upwards and backwards behind galea. Green or brown labellum protrudes through the sinus.
Flower Colour
White and green striped
Flowering Months
January
February
September
October
November
December
Habitat
Open forests, swamps and by watercourses
Date of Last Record
1990-1999
Growing Conditions
Wet soils in seepage areas. Dappled to full shade.