Pterostylis prasina (D.L.Jones) G.N.Backhouse

Victorian Naturalist 124: 124 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant to 50 cm tall, stem leaves 4–7, spreading, narrow ovate-lanceolate, 10–60 mm long, 3–9 mm wide, dark green. Rosette leaves on a separate plant, 3–5, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 7–50 mm long, 4–15 mm wide. Flowers 1–8, 11–16 mm long, shiny, translucent green with darker green stripes and suffusions, sepal tips brownish; dorsal sepal with a short apical point; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part broad-oblong to elliptic, 10–16 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, free points 3–4 mm long, divergent; petals slightly falcate, with a well-developed basal flange. Labellum oblong, 5.5–7 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, emerald green with a darker green central stripe, covered with numerous, short, transparent, bead-like cells, longer and hair-like at base, apex attenuate, notched. Flowers Jul.–Sep.

LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Confined to north-western Victoria, in the Little Desert and Big Desert areas, in mallee scrub and heathy woodland on well-drained sandy soils.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-18
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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pterostylis prasina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis prasina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native

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South Australia