Pterostylis foliata Hook.f.

Slender Greenhood

Fl. Nov.-Zel. 1: 249 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 12–30 cm tall, stem smooth. Rosette leaves 3–6, oblong to ovate to elliptic, 3–8 cm long, 1–1.6 cm wide, scattered on the basal part of the stem, sessile, margins crisped or wavy. Flower 1.7–2 cm long, dark green and white with brown in the galea, erect; galea apex obliquely erect, flat or slightly decurved; dorsal sepal longer than petals, acute; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus broadly to deeply v-shaped when viewed from the front, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 15–18 mm long, erect, divergent; petals narrow, subacute. Labellum oblong, 12–15 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, brown, obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

Brid, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas, SA. New Zealand. Widespread but uncommon from the lowlands to montane areas in moist shaded places in tall forests on clay loam 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, 2015-06-12
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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 foliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis foliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands 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
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales