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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Pterostylis curta
Common Name:blunt greenhood
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Popular (home)
Partial Shade
30 cm tall
Foliage:Ground-hugging rosette of 2-6 stalked dark green oblong leaves 1.5-10 cm x 8-30 mm, around the base of the stem, margins wavy or flat. 2-3 small stem-clasping leaves.
Flowers:Translucent white with fine green stripes, July-October. Single flower to 35 mm. Hood mostly upright, top shortly curved, tip tinged green-brown, pointed. Lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing hood, broad V-shaped gap, points to 10 mm, recurved. Lip brown, twisted.

Perennial herb rising from round tubers to form large colonies. Central sepal and petals united into a galea (hood) over the column and labellum (lip). Lateral sepals joined at the base, ending in fine points.

It is easily grown in pots containing a free-draining, sandy mix. The plants require regular watering during their growing period, to be kept dry during dormancy and to be repotted annually.

  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  4. iNaturalist
  5. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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