Australian Native Plants

  Pterostylis coccina (Scarlet Greenhood)


Pterostylis coccina photo
Pterostylis coccinea

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SCARLET GREENHOOD FACTS

distribution map showing range of Pterostylis coccina in Australia

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


Common Name
Scarlet Greenhood

Other Names
Redhood Orchid

Description
The Scarlet Greenhood is a ground orchid endemic to eastern Australia. The flower is white and greenish, or white and reddish. The lateral sepals have long slender points that are held upright on either side of the hood. The dorsal sepal and the lateral petals are fused together forming the hood. The foliage is a rosette of up to five leaves that grow to 3cm long around the stem. Flowering is in summer from December to April.

Height
20cm

Habitat
grassy areas in eucalypt woodland

Distribution
Pterostylis coccina is found in eastern New South Wales, and less commonly in Victoria where it is listed as vulnerable.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Pterostylis
Species:coccina
Common Name:Scarlet Greenhood


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