Pterostylis melagramma D.L.Jones

Contr. Tasmanian Orchid. 7 (Austral. Orchid. Res. 3) 145 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 10–80 cm tall, stem leaves 5–7, spreading, linear-lanceolate, 2–8 cm long, 3–10 mm wide. Rosette leaves 3–6, linear to linear-ovate, 1.3–5 cm long, 4–11 mm wide. Flowers 1–20, 13–15 mm long, shiny, translucent green with indistinct darker green stripes, sepal tips brownish; galea decurved in the distal third; dorsal sepal with an acuminate apex; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part narrowly elliptic, 11–13 mm long, 6–8 mm wide, free points 3–4 mm long, parallel or slightly divergent; petals slightly falcate, basal flanges small, apex obtuse. Labellum ovate-oblong, 5–6.5 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, cream to yellowish green or pale brownish with a darker basal mound and brown to black central stripe, covered with numerous, short, transparent bead-like cells, longer and hair-like at base, apex attenuate, notched. Flowers Jun.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Tas. Widespread and common in higher rainfall areas, often in moist open-forest, woodland and coastal scrub, 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 (as Pterostylis longifolia R.Br.).
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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pterostylis melagramma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis melagramma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory