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Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullata


Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullataleafy greenhood

Group:Magnoliophyta (flowering plants), Liliopsida (monocots), Orchidales, Orchidaceae
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: endangered
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Vulnerable
Found in Tasmania and elsewhere
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Key Points

  • Important: Is this species in your area? Do you need a permit? Ensure you’ve covered all the issues by checking the Planning Ahead page.
  • Important: Different threatened species may have different requirements. For any activity you are considering, read the Activity Advice pages for background information and important advice about managing around the needs of multiple threatened species.


Key Survey reliability more info
M Best time to survey
M Potential time to survey
M Poor time to survey
M Non-survey period

To ensure you follow the law - check whether your survey requires a permit. Always report any new records to the Natural Values Atlas, or send the information direct to the Threatened Species Section. Refer to the Activity Advice: Surveying page for background information.

Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullata Spring Summer Autumn Winter
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  • Flowers are required to confirm the identity of this ground orchid which dies back to subterranean tubers after flowering. Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullata flowers in late spring, with a peak between mid October and mid November, but often there are plants from the early bud stage through to fully fertilised flowers within the one colony. Even though the species may form extensive colonies, it is surprisingly difficult to detect because plants can occur amongst dense grass and beneath low coastal scrub. Once found, however, the distinctive rosettes can be easily counted, even in the absence of flowering plants.
  • In Tasmania, Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullata is known from near-coastal areas in the north of the State where it occurs on calcareous dunes and sand-sheets, within closed scrubs dominated by either Leptospermum laevigatum (coast teatree) or Beyeria lechenaultii var. latifolia (pale turpentine-bush). The sites are typically sheltered, facing south or south-easterly to westerly, with seasonally damp but well-drained humus-rich sandy loams, often with moss and deep leaf litter.

Helping the species

Cutting or clearing trees or vegetation






Changing water flow / quality

Use of chemicals


Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image)​.

​​Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. ​ ​Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania​, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​