Pterostylis cyanocephala C. Fitzg. 1876 SECTION Hymenochilus Photo courtesy of Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Flower Closeup Front View


Plant in situ Victoria Australia

Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Blue-Headed Pterostylis - In Australia The Swan Greenhood

Flower Size 1/4" [.8cm]

Found in Queensland, New south Wales and Victoria, at elevations of 50 to 800 meters where it favours grassland, grassy forest and woodland in well drained soils and is a miniature sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a 6 to 12, ground hugging elliptical, dark green, marginally flat leaves that blooms in the late winter through the early summer on a terminal, erect, 4" [10 cm] tall, racemose inflorescence with several [2 to 20] flowers.

Synonyms Oligochaetochilus cyanocephala (C. Fitzg.) Szlach. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Hymenochius cyanocepahlus photo good