Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis vittata (Banded Greenhood)


Pterostylis vittata photo
Pterostylis vittata

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Pterostylis vittata photo
Pterostylis vittata

Photograph by Gnangarra...commons.wikimedia.org. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




BANDED GREENHOOD FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis vittata in Australia

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


Common Name
Banded Greenhood

Description
The Banded Greenhood is a green and white orchid from southern and western Australia. Flowering is in winter and spring from May to September. Several flowers are produced on a stem that grows to about 30 cm long. The flowers are green with white bands, with long lateral sepals. The leaves are narrow and taper to a point and grow at intervals along the stem. It is similar to the Dark Banded Greenhood (Pterostylis saguinea) which has reddish banded flowers. Non flowering plants have a rosette of leaves at the base.

Height
30cm - 45cm

Habitat
heathland

Distribution
Pterostylis vittata is found in southern Victoria, south east of South Australia and south west of Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:vittata
Common Name:Banded Greenhood


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