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Nodding Greenhood

Pterostylis nutans

Description:

Pterostylis nutans is a distinctive species because of its drooping flower in which the dorsal (or top) sepal and the petals combine to form a hood around the central column (the fused stamens, style and stigma). The flowers occur singly on a stem arising from a rosette of radical leaves and may be up to 25 cm high.

Habitat:

Dry eucalypt woodlands

Notes:

Not considered to be at risk in the wild. Widespread in all states except Western Australia and the Northern Territory from sea level to almost 1000 metres.

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2 Comments

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 4 years ago

Hi Lori ....yes , i was suprised to find them this early , i know around Latrobe/Devonport and further , they are only just coming into bud , and i think i read the same for Hobart area....our climate must be just a tad warmer ..maybe a whole degree. hahaha ! Plenty around even today as well as the little Corybas diemenicus...i hope to find many more species this year and through the summer.

lori.tas
lori.tas 4 years ago

Hi, Charlie. I'm going to have to go out & look for these now, as I was under the impression they come later in the year. We have several clusters of them on our property. I love the window effect on the top of the hood designed to confuse the insect into staying in the hood longer, thus spreading more pollen.

CharliePrice
Spotted by
CharliePrice

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -41.48, Long: 147.14

Spotted on Jul 25, 2015
Submitted on Aug 3, 2015

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