The Parrot’s Beak Orchid

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Pterostylis nutans aka Nodding Greenhood or the Parrot’s Beak Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperm
Class: Monocot
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Lobethal Bushland Park, South Australia – July 13th, 2014 – soggy conditions amongst rock ferns on sclerophyll forest floor

When I first saw this species, I had no idea what it was – It was one of the strangest plants I had seen – It is larger than its little cousin, Pterostylis (Linguella) nana, and it is quite hunched over or nodding – The flower is translucent and it has a strangeness that can really fascinate a photographer.


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