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Pterostylis hispidula Fitzg.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Small Nodding Greenhood

Pterostylis hispidula Fitzg. APNI*

Synonyms: Pterostylis nutans var. hispidula (Fitzg.) C.Moore & Betche APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate, elliptic or oblong, 1–4.5 cm long, 8–20 cm wide, margins wavy or crisped; petiolate.

Scape to 20 cm high. Flower c. 1.5 cm long, semi-nodding to nodding, translucent with green and brown in the galea. Lateral sepals loosely embracing the galea leaving a wide lateral gap; sinus nearly flat with a central notch when viewed from the front, abruptly curved when viewed from the side; free points linear-tapered, 6–8 mm long, obliquely erect. Petals narrow, acute. Labellum ovate to lanceolate, 9–13 mm long, c. 4 mm wide, green with a red-brown apex, scabrid, curved, apex obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position.

Photo W. Cherry

Flowering: March–July.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist areas of dry sclerophyll forest and wet sclerophyll forest in coastal and near-coastal districts; north from Batemans Bay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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