Pterostylis bicolor M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant 10–30 cm tall, stem leaves 6–11, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 5–12, ovate to elliptic or obovate, 1–3.5 cm long, 8–12 mm wide, shortly petiolate to nearly sessile, crowded, margins entire. Flowers 3–10, widely spaced, 8–11 mm long, green with darker lines, shiny; galea curved throughout, suddenly decurved near the apex; dorsal sepal acute; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part broadly ovate in outline when flattened, 4.5–5.5 mm long, 6–7 mm wide, margins incurved, concave, free points broadly triangular, c. 3 mm long, parallel; petals asymmetrical, ovate, broadest towards the middle. Labellum green with a blackish green basal appendage; lamina rectangular, c. 2.5 mm long, c. 2 mm wide; appendage c. 1.5 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, 3-ridged, central ridge short, blunt, pointing forward. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

EGU, Gold, HNF, NIS, VVP, WaP. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Scattered mainly in north-eastern Victoria in woodland, grassy woodland and grassland on well-drained soils.

Source: Jones, D.L. (1994). Pterostylis. 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, 2015-06-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Pterostylis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pterostylis bicolor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis bicolor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory