Dark Greenhood - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Pterostylis nigricans
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 30 Aug 2018


The Dark Greenhood is a small autumn-flowering ground orchid that grows from a tuber. A rosette of about seven leaves is produced at ground level, and a separate flowering stem grows to 35 cm tall, with three to five leaves and two to six small flowers about 3 cm apart. The flower parts are fused into a hood-like structure, which gives this orchid group its common name of greenhood. In this species, the hood is olive-green with white stripes at the base, while the upper parts are chocolate-brown.


The Dark Greenhood occurs in north-east NSW north from Evans Head, and in Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Coastal heathland with Heath Banksia (Banksia ericifolia), and lower-growing heath with lichen-encrusted and relatively undisturbed soil surfaces, on sandy soils.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Predicted within 10 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted within 10 km of coast