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Pterostylis curta 'MC4622' -spontaneous
Number: TN6326
Name: Pterostylis curta 'MC4622' -spontaneous
Type: spontaneous    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Karen L. Smith
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Pod Parent Flower
Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: This is a terrestrial species native to Eastern Australia, where it grows in well drained, humus rich soil in open forests. The habitat is cool and moist during the winter growing season. The plants bloom in late winter/early spring, then die back to underground tubers during the hot summer months.

I grow these shady, outdoors in Los Angeles, CA in shallow clay pots with organic potting soil with 10% sand added. I unpot the tubers in August and directly replant them about 1" deep in new pots and fresh mix. Single tubers can be grown in a 2" pot, but a mass grouping looks better.
Comments: Parent plant: I find these easy to grow, and for each tuber have gotten 5-8 new tubers each year. Dormancy is critical, and is keeping the plants wet while in growth.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Using PSM, Spring, Summer, Winter, Spring: days average 63°F, nights 50°F; best fit is Cool-Cold 64-44°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Using PSM, Summer, Autumn: days average 68°F, nights 51°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of curta   From Latin "curtus" short, small. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Pterostylis   From Greek "pteros" wing, "stylos" column, slate-pencil; from the lateral stamen. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of curta   KUR-ta (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Pterostylis   ter-oh-STY-lis (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
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Yield Estimate: 10 plants (based on flask surveys done 11/29/2009 )
Yield estimates are only approximate, but may appear to be fairly exact numbers because they are a combination of large rough estimates in remaining mother flasks and more accurate small estimates in reflasks.
Plantlet Sizes: From many flasks 20 - 75 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 04/05/2010 )
From one most recently surveyed flask 20 - 75 mm (04/05/2010)
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
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ORIGIN/HABITAT: Southeast Australia and New Caledonia. In Australia, this orchid is found in southeast Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania where it is a very widespread species commonly found in open forests, especially along streams. It tends to produce dense colonies and flowring reportedly is generally profuse. Habitat elevation was not reported. On New Caledonia, however, these plants, which are found near the northeast coast and in the central mountains along the southern half of the island, have been reported as growing at 1300-4600 ft. (400-1400 m).
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