Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis recurva (Jug Orchid)


Pterostylis recurva photo
Flower of Pterostylis recurva, the Jug Orchid, in Kings Park, Perth, West Australia

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Pterostylis recurva photo
Pterostylis recurva - Jug Orchid

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Pterostylis recurva photo
Pterostylis recurva - Jug Orchid

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JUG ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis recurva in Australia

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


Common Name
Jug Orchid

Description
The Jug Orchid is terrestrial orchid with striped flowers from Western Australia. The flowers are green and white striped, sometimes with brownish towards the tips, and grow on stems of up to 60 cm in length. The flowers, which are fairly large for a Greenhood orchid, growing to about 35 mm tall. The common name of Jug Orchid arises from the tube shaped flowers made up of the fused petals and sepals of the orchid. Flowering is in spring from August to October. This unusual species is unlike other members of the Pterostylis genus.

Height
60cm

Habitat
rocky outcrops, heathland

Distribution
Pterostylis recurva is found in the south west of Western Australia from north of Perth to around Esperance.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:recurva
Common Name:Jug Orchid


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