Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis stenochila (Green-lip Greenhood Orchid)


Pterostylis stenochila photo
Green-lip greenhood orchid, Pterostylis stenochila

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

Pterostylis stenochila photo
Green-lip Greenhood orchid (Pterostylis stenochila), setting seed after pollination. Tasmanian southern midlands

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




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis stenochila in Australia

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


Common Name
Green-lip Greenhood Orchid

Description
Green-lip Greenhood Orchid is a green flowered ground orchid native to Tasmania. The translucent green hood or galea is made up of the dorsal sepal and lateral petals which are fused together. The labellum is green with darker green stripe down the centre. Flowering is in winter and early spring from July to September. The stem grows to 30 cm tall and is green. Non flowering plants have a rosette of leaves at the base. It is similar to Pterostylis melagramma, Pterostylis tunstallii and Pterostylis williamsonii. These orchids are pollinated by flies.

Height
30cm

Habitat
heathland, open woodland

Distribution
Pterostylis stenochila is found in Tasmania



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:stenochila
Common Name:Green-lip Greenhood Orchid


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 vittata