Nodding Greenhood Pterostylis nutans

In my searching for identification for other orchids I often came across references to this orchid on the web. They are reasonably widespread and these photographs were taken in Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and of course Baluk Willam Flora Reserve.

Up until recently I hadn't seen too many of these, or at least noticed too many (after all they are green and low so well concealed amongst the grass). That was until the 6th August, 2003, when I came across the field of Nodding Greenhoods shown below. Although it might be hard to see in the low resolution photo, the entire green area, sheltered under some Eucalypts, is a lawn of them, I estimate around 300 individual flower spikes.

Flowering Time Flower Numbers Maximum Height Flower Size
July to September single stalk and flower 27cm 22mm long

Nodding Greenhood amongst the bracken
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Pterostylis nutans, Cranbourne
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2 Pterostylis nutans
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nodding in the same direction
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and then there were three Nodding Greenhoods
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green amongst the grass
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a short Nodding Greenhood
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field of greenhoods
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in amongst the greenhoods
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