Recently after writing about Nodding Greenhoods I was alerted to another Pterostylis now flowering locally, the Striated Greenhood Pterostylis alata. Kate Sandiford kindly pointed me in the right direction and I found this small colony at Strangways.
I find identification of many orchids pretty difficult – this species is somewhat similar to the Autumn Greenhood P.revoluta [see post April 15th 2011], but more petite, less finely marked and flowers later. The Greenhoods seem to be a taxonomic ‘minefield’, with recent revisions splitting them into a number of related genera … thankfully bird identification is much more straightforward!
Erratum: These plants have subsequently identified as Large Striped Greenhood Pterostylis robusta [see post]