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bench72

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I think this would be a first proper introduction of an Aussie terrestrial that doesn't walk on two legs...

Ever since I saw one of these in the wild... down the road from where I live... I have wanted to have one... well, now I have about 4 different species... the common name for these plants are "Greenhoods" because of the flowers.

The first to flower is Pterostylis nutans

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As you can see it is a terrestrial. The plants grow from little white round underground tuber during the winter months and die back in summer when it is generally hot and dry.

A close up of the flower -

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Pterostylis...Greek: pteron = a wing; and stylos = a column; hence refers to the winged column of the flowers.
nutans...Latin: nutans = nodding; refers to the drooping flower.
 
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bench72

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That's pretty much it for this species... the flower has actually been open almost a month!

Another species is spiking and that is a little bit different so will post that when it is "open" :D
 
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cdub

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Yea definitely reminds of those creatures in the Dark Crystal. That movie scared the crap out of me several years ago. Classic film.

What in the world pollinates that thingy?
 

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The Australian terestrials are very hard to come by in the US, but I ran into an orchid judge in the Atlanta center that also had some of the Pterostylis species. Have you tried any of the "beardies"?
 
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bench72

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cdub said:
What in the world pollinates that thingy?

most of the Greenhoods are pollinated by flies or gnats.

Rick said:
Have you tried any of the "beardies"?

Whoah... I'm only a novice so gotta start with the easy ones first :D

The good thing about this particular species is that it readily produces more tubers... it is regarded as a "clumper"... however, many of the other species will only produce one tuber to replace the old one....
 
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bench72 said:
That's pretty much it for this species... the flower has actually been open almost a month!

Another species is spiking and that is a little bit different so will post that when it is "open" :D

Very interesting
 

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