The Leafy Greenhood belongs to a group of orchids whose flower forms a distinctive, green, hood-like structure, known as a galea; hence their collective name of ‘Greenhoods’. Greenhood orchids share other characteristics such as; they grow in the ground; have fleshy tubers which are replaced each year; have a rosette of leaves which they shed each year; and are pollinated by male fungus gnats and mosquitoes.
Leafy Greenhood |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Pterostylis cucullata
Fire Fire frequency Potential Too frequent or poorly timed fires are thought to be and detrimental to the leafy greenhood (Quarmby 2009).
The known Tasmanian populations were historically threatened by past and land clearing habitat removal modification of habitat due future to fire (Duncan 2010).