Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis sanguinea (Dark Banded Greenhood)


Pterostylis sanguinea photo
Pterostylis sanguinea

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Pterostylis sanguinea photo
Pterostylis sanguinea

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




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis sanguinea in Australia

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


Common Name
Dark Banded Greenhood

Other Names
Urochilus sanguineus

Description
The Dark Banded Greenhood flowers in winter and spring from June to September. Several flowers are produced on a stem that grows to about 30 cm long. The flowers are reddish purple or reddish brown and banded with paler colour. The species (Latin) name sanguinea means blood-coloured. The leaves are narrow and taper to a point and grow at intervals along the stem. It is similar to the Banded Greenhood (Pterostylis vittata), but has broader sepals. The plant has a rosette of leaves at the base.

Height
30cm

Habitat
heathland, coastal areas

Distribution
Pterostylis sanguinea is found in southern Victoria, southern South Australia and south west of Western Australia. The Atlas of Living Australia lists it as rare in Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:sanguinea
Common Name:Dark 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 sargentii
  Pterostylis stenochila
  Pterostylis vittata