Pterostylis maxima M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1989 SECTION Oligochaetochilus

Another Flower Aspect

Photo courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussie's Website

Part sun Cool ColdSpring

Common Name The Large Pterostylis - In Australia The Large Rustyhood

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in central and western Victoria at elevations of 100 to 350 meters in Box Ironbark forests, dry woodlands and Mallee country as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with round tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying a basall rosette of brown, lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves and blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 14" [35 cm] long, 1 to 8, successively flowered inflorescence with several clasping, acute sheaths spread out along the stem. This species has a sensitive lip and snaps back towards the sepals when touched.

Synonyms Oligochaetochilus maxima (M.A. Clem. & D.L. Jones) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo ok