Pterostylis baptistii W.Fitzg.

King Greenhood

Austral. Orch. 1 (1): t. 2 (1875) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant to 40 cm tall. Rosette leaves 4–8, ovate to oblong, 3–8 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide, petiolate, margins wavy or crisped. Flower 5–6 cm long, green and white with brown in the apex of the galea; galea apex decurved to flat; dorsal sepal acuminate; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap, sinus nearly flat when viewed from the front, notched at the centre, protruding in a prominent bulge when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered to filiform, 2.5–3.5 cm long, reflexed; petals broad, anterior margins often crinkled. Labellum narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, 18–22 mm long, 5–6 mm wide, reddish brown, apex subacute, distal quarter to third protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, VVP. Also Qld, NSW. Restricted to far East Gippsland, growing in moist to wet soils on sheltered slopes in open-forest and adjacent to swamps. Apparently confined to near-coastal areas of far East Gippsland, east of Orbost, in damp scrubby woodlands bordering on swamps and watercourses, on heavy soils.

Possible hybrids with P. falcata have been observed.

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, 2015-06-11
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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 baptistii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis baptistii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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