Austral. Orch. 1 (1): t. 2 (1875) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|