Pterostylis vittataCommon name: Banded Greenhood
Meaning of name: Pterostylis comes from the Greek words pteron, meaning wing, and stylos, meaning pillar, referring to the winged column. The column is an organ combining the stamens and style of the flower. Vittata is from the Latin vitta, meaning a band worn on the head. Botanically it refers to having longitudinal ridges or stripes.
Distribution: Occurs in the higher rainfall areas from Dongara to Esperance.
Description: Up to 25 striped green flowers are held up to 45cm high between May and September.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Orchids of South-West Australia. Noel Hoffman & Andrew Brown. 1992.