Prasophyllum lindleyanum Rchb.f.

Beitr. Syst. Pflanzenk. 58 (1871) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering stem slender, 10–35 cm high. Leaf-blade to 30 cm long, 3–5 mm diam. at base, apex lax. Flowers 10–20, greenish, fragrant, in a loose raceme to 18 cm long; ovary obovoid, to 3 mm long, inclined at c. 30 deg. to the rachis; sepals green, 5–7 mm long, dorsal sepal at 90 deg. to ovary, ovate-lanceolate, lateral sepals free, erect, divergent; petals 4–5 mm long, narrow-oblong. Labellum sessile, narrowly trullate, 5–6 mm long, sigmoid in profile, lamina greenish or pale pink, papillate, margins crinkled, slightly incurved, callus green, narrow, extending beyond second bend, papillate. Column appendages pale, lanceolate, c. 2 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, VAlp, VVP, Wim. Also ?NSW, Tas. Occurs in more fertile soils of woodland or scrubby heath, but now localized and uncommon. Flowers Sep.-Jan. Widespread, but generally uncommon in near-coastal scrub, dry woodlands further inland and sub-alpine herbfield.

Flowering is generally enhanced by fire, but some populations flower well without fire.

Prasophyllum lindleyanum is very similar to the South Australian P. pallidum, which reproduces without fertilization, has a larger ovary, no pink tints, a broader labellum, which is not sigmoid, and often with a conical spur at the base.

Source: Bates, R.J. (1994). Prasophyllum. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-03-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Prasophyllum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prasophyllum lindleyanum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum lindleyanum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia