Striped (Striated) Greenhood (Pterostylis alata)

Close-up of a Striped Greenhood, also known as a Striated Greenhood.

I’ve been keeping an eye on a very small number of Striped Greenhoods (also known as Striated Greenhoods) for about a month now.  It has taken me a while but I am finally adding them to the A-Z Native Species list.  Today I could only find one, but there have been up to five in flower at once.  The 27th orchid species on my list, the Striped Greenhood is relatively small. The ones I have found growing here are between 10cm and 15 cm high.

It’s interesting to note I found them growing in a sheltered grassy spot where I have not noticed other species of orchids growing.  So far, I have not found Striped Greenhoods in the bush part of the property.

Looking at the Retired Aussies website, I note that the botanical name seems to have changed from Pterostylis alata to Diplodium striatum.  I think it would be interesting to know the reason for all of this reclassification, so if I find any articles discussing this, I will write a follow-up post.    In the meantime,  here are some more photographs showing the orchid from a number of different angles.

Back view of a Striped Greenhood.
A trio of Striped Greenhoods are still very hard to spot , despite their cheerful colour
A view of the front and side of the Striped Greenhood.
Striped-Greenhood-showing-front view-set-against bark.
A new orchid to add to my list, this small group was growing among grass and fallen bark.

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