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    Hi,

    As requested by Merlin, I have posted a few shots of Australian Greenhood Orchids (Pterostylis) in the wild.

    The first is a weird species called Pterostylis plumosa- the "Plumed Greenhood". Named so because of the plume shaped labellum which pokes out the front of the flower

    Closeup of flower-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Pterostylis%20plumosa4%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img]

    Plant in natural habitat-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Pterostylis%20plumosa1%20Anglesea%20071003.JPG[/img]

    Next species is Pterostylis smardagyna- the "Striped Tall Greenhood"-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Pterostylis%20aff.%20longifolia5%20Bris.%20Ranges%20160803.JPG[/img]

    And finally, Pterostylis nana- the "Dwarf Greenhood" (photo by Binataboy)-

    [img]http://home.**********.com/kirstyspence/images/Pterostylis%20nana%20GC%20160803%20Bris.%20Rnages.JPG[/img]

    A bit of a cross-section of entirely different looking species of the genus.

    Sean.

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    Thanks, Sean [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]. I really do like Greenhoods. Tried to grow them but they never produced new tubers, so it was one year and gone...

    Great pics, thanks again.

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    Thanks for more great pics Sean. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] You are indeed lucky to live where you can see these plants in their environment.

    They are beautiful!

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    Hey Merlin,

    Alot of greenhoods are very easy to grow so long as you know how to care for them. They grow very well if treated the same as your typical tuberous Drosera species. The only difference is that greenhoods require a bit more organic material in the mix- eg- humus, leaf mould, etc. It is also important that they don't get too wet, so they shouldn't be kept in a tray of water. I water mine from the top.

    Many other Australian terrestrial species will also grow very well when treated in this way.

    Regards,

    Sean.

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    The first photo reminds me of an aroid flower [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Quote (Seandew @ Oct. 10 2003,06:49)
    Hey Merlin,

    Alot of greenhoods are very easy to grow so long as you know how to care for them. They grow very well if treated the same as your typical tuberous Drosera species. The only difference is that greenhoods require a bit more organic material in the mix- eg- humus, leaf mould, etc. It is also important that they don't get too wet, so they shouldn't be kept in a tray of water. I water mine from the top.

    Many other Australian terrestrial species will also grow very well when treated in this way.

    Regards,

    Sean.[/QUOTE]
    That explains it then. Somebody gave me some really bad cultural advice for them. My original US source is out of business but if I can find another, I may try them again.

    Merlin
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