New Taxa Austral. Orch. (Austral. Orchid Res.) 5: 87 (2006) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Flowering plant to 20 cm tall, stem smooth. Rosette leaves 3–5, ovate-lanceolate to elliptic, 2–6 cm long 0.8–1.5 cm wide, scattered on the basal part of the stem, sessile, margins entire. Flower 3–4.5 cm long, erect or semi-nodding, dark green and white; galea apex more or less flat to semi-erect; dorsal sepal acuminate, slightly longer than the petals; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap, sinus deeply v-shaped when viewed from the front, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 2–3 cm long, erect or recurved; petals narrow, subacute. Labellum narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 15–25 mm long, 3–3.5 mm wide, brown, curved forwards in the distal half, subacute to obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Nov.–Feb.
CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Tas. Widespread and sometimes locally common, growing in swampy areas under thickets of Leptospermum lanigerum (Woolly Tea-tree), on permanently wet, black alkaline mud.
Confused with Pterostylis falcata, but that species frequents different habitats, has larger flowers with a horizontal or decurved galea.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|