Pterostylis concinna

Trim Greenhood

Perennial herb rising from round tubers to form huge colonies. Central sepal and petals united into a galea (hood) over the column and labellum (lip). Lateral sepals joined at the base, ending in fine points.

Additional information

  • SynonymTaurantha concinna
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size8-25 cm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • LeavesGround-hugging rosette of 3-6 stalked dark green egg-shaped leaves 10-30 mm x 6-15 mm, around the base of the stem, margins wavy or smooth. 2 small stem-clasping leaves on slender brown stem.
  • Flower colourTranslucent white with dark green stripes, tinged brown at tips
  • Flowering timeMay to September
  • FlowersSingle flower to 15 mm. Hood upright, top curved forward. Sepals erect, close to hood, gap broad, brown points upright, spreading to 15 mm, clubbed. Lip brown, notched, just visible.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in open forests. Full sun to full shade.
  • Garden useUse of orchids in gardens is not recommended, unless they already occur naturally, in which case they need to be protected. Removing orchids from the bush usually results in their death and further depletes remaining wild orchid populations.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusVulnerable in Victoria to continued depletion. Known from few sites within the Shire.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1 Richard Hartlands ©; 2 Cathy Powers ©; 3 Colin Rowan, RetiredAussies ©

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