Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis alpina (Alpine Greenhood)


Pterostylis alpina photo
Pterostylis alpina, Riddells Creek, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




ALPINE GREENHOOD FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis alpina in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Alpine Greenhood

Other Names
Mountain Greenhood

Description
The Alpine Greenhood, also known as Mountain Greenhood, is a terrestrial orchid species from mountainous areas of south east Australia. The flower is green and white with dorsal sepal and petals fused together into a hood over the labellum or lip. The lateral sepals are joined together at the base tapering to slender points at the tips, that protrude on either side of the hood. The leaves are oval and about 5 cm long and develop in a rosette of three or four at base of the plant. The stem is green and fleshy rising to about 30 cm tall.

Height
30cm

Habitat
mountain forests

Distribution
Pterostylis alpina is found din southern New south Wales, Victoria and parts of Tasmania.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:alpina
Common Name:Alpine Greenhood


Relatives in same Genus
  Pterostylis baptistii
  Pterostylis barbata
  Pterostylis coccina
  Pterostylis curta
  Pterostylis melagramma
  Pterostylis nutans
  Pterostylis pyramidalis
  Pterostylis recurva
  Pterostylis sanguinea
  Pterostylis sargentii
  Pterostylis stenochila
  Pterostylis vittata