Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis baptistii (King Greenhood)


Pterostylis baptistii photo
Pterostylis baptistii, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia

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




KING GREENHOOD FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis baptistii in Australia

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


Common Name
King Greenhood

Description
The King Greenhood is a ground orchid from eastern Australia. The flower is large for a Greenhood, growing to about 6 cm long, and is green and white coloured with brownish at the tip of the hood. The dorsal sepal and petals are joined together into a hood over the central labellum or lip. The lateral sepals are joined together at the base tapering to slender points at the tips, that stick up on either side of the hood. It develops a rosette of four or more elongated oval leaves that can grow to about 8 cm long with undulating margins.

Height
25cm

Habitat
forest, woodland

Distribution
Pterostylis baptistii is found in eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, and eastern Victoria. It is listed as vulnerable in Victoria.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:baptistii
Common Name:King Greenhood


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