Pterostylis squamata

Rufous Greenhood, Rustyhood

Perennial herb rising from round tubers. 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

  • SynonymPterostylis sp. aff. rufa, Oligochaetochilus squamatus
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • LeavesCrowded rosette of 6-12 overlapping stalked grey-green leaves 10-25 mm x 5-10 mm, withering at flowering time. 2-6 closely sheathing stem leaves.
  • Flower colourReddish-brown
  • Flowering timeOctober to November
  • Flowers1-10 flowers to 15 mm, facing away from stem. Hood leaning forward, small tapering tip; lateral sepals drooping, deeply notched, tips curved, to 5 mm; fine white hairs on lip margin.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained gravelly soil in open forests. Semi 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 statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1 Richard Hartlands ©; 2 Cathy Powers ©; 3 Chris Lindorff NatureShare ©

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