Pterostylis pedunculata – Maroon-hoods
This is an attractive little greenhood. It has a distinct maroon top on the flower and its sepal. I’ve only seen this orchid with a single flower per stem. It is a reasonably common orchid, growing in most regions of South Australia, as well as in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
It can often be found in open areas of woodlands, and colonizes easily. It has a relatively long flowering time, first appearing in late July, and sometimes still flowering up until November. There is a small rosette of leaves at the base of the plant. The leaves are crinkled on the top, and spaced wider apart than on other Pterostylis species, such as P. nutans or P. curta.
This is one of the easier orchids to grow. It is quite a hardy little fellow. Often this orchid can be introduced to sites through mulch. The picture on the left shows a maroon hood which was found last year (2012) in the heart of the Adelaide city CBD.
Below is a pretty amazing colony growing in someones front lawn. So for those who really want to grow orchids, this is one of the easier ones to grow. (But don’t remove them from the wild, as that is illegal.)