Midget Greenhood Orchid
Head
Ellura
Midget Greenhood Orchid
Labellum
 
    
Midget Greenhood Orchid (Pterostylis mutica)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Orchids
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchid (Orchidaceae)
Species: Midget Greenhood Orchid (Pterostylis mutica)
This Photo:     Rosette
Synonyms: Hymenochilus muticus or Oligochaetochilus muticus
Other names: Blunt Greenhood or Midget Green-hood

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
The rosette is more typical of greenhoods, than the swan, being very flat and small.
The rear of the labellum (the appendage) is relatively flat.
Noting the rosette in early life (August) and marking the plants to monitor them, as we did, is the best way to identify them.
This year we found a large number of specimens whose rosettes varied dramatically. We thought we had several species, but all turned out to be just the one. Photo's are on their way.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 31-Aug-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)