Summer Greenhood

Summer Greenhood
Photographer
Nev Ragg
Common Name
Summer Greenhood
Scientific Name
Pterostylis decurva
Size
30cm
Leaf Description
Upright or ground-hugging rosette of 2-5 long-stalked dark green oblong leaves 20-30mm x 10-20mm, on non-flowering plants only. 4-5 lance-shaped stem leaves on flowering plants.
General Description
Perennial herb rising from round tubers to form sparse 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 with with brown to red/brown at tip, to 25mm across. Galae is distinctively bent down at the tip, ending in a thin point and the wide sinus extending well above the galea. A red/brown linear-oblong labellum is curved forward and protrudes above the sinus.
Flower Colour
Pale to dark green and white
Notes
Potentially extinct in Nillumbik.
Flowering Months
January
February
March
November
December
Habitat
Mountain Forests
Date of Last Record
1980-1989
Growing Conditions
Moist soil on slopes. Dappled to full shade.