Pterostylis rubescens (D.L.Jones) G.N.Backh.

Victorian Naturalist 127: 57 (2010) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant 15–60 cm tall, stem wiry, stem leaves 3–6, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 5–15, ovate to cordate, 0.6–2.5 cm long, 0.3–1.8 cm wide, petiolate, bluish green, margins flat, 1–3 rosettes arising laterally on the mature plant. Flowers 3–18, erect, 10–12 mm long, green and white basally, brownish towards apex, ageing pink or reddish, rounded and plump, not crowded; galea erect in the basal half, curved forwards in the distal half; dorsal sepal shortly acuminate, apex scabrous; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus shallowly notched when viewed from the front, bulging when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, c. 2 mm long, not exceeding the galea; petals falcate. Labellum narrowly elliptic, 3.8–4.5 mm long, c. 1.7 mm wide, tip not visible through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Jan.–May

CVU, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, Wim. Also NSW, ACT. Widespread across northern Victoria on slopes and ridges in drier open forests and woodlands on well-drained soils.

Characterised by its uncrowded, plump, rounded flowers that are brownish and scabrous towards the apex and its bluish green rosette leaves. The flowers turn a pinkish or reddish colour on ageing.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-07-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Pterostylis
Higher taxa

Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pterostylis rubescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis rubescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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State
South Australia
Queensland
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Victoria