Pterostylis valida (Nicholls) D.L.Jones

Muelleria 8: 191 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: critically endangered (CR); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant to 20 cm tall, stem leaves 2–4, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 8–14, ovate-lanceolate, 2–3 cm long, 6–12 mm wide, margins shortly ciliate. Flowers 2–6, porrect, 3–4 cm long, mostly green, sometimes with pale brownish suffusions, some transparent areas in the petals and galea; dorsal sepal with an upcurved filiform point 10–15 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part ovate in outline when flattened, shallowly concave, margins slightly incurved, densely ciliate, free points filamentous, 15–25 mm long, curved forwards, divergent, 1–2 cm apart at the tips; petals with a well developed proximal flange. Labellum ovate-oblong, 6–7 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, green, thick; marginal hairs in 8–12 pairs, 3–8 mm long, white, deflexed; basal lobe erect, with short sparse hairs. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

Gold, VRiv, Wim. Known from a few grassy woodland sites between Charlton and Bendigo, on shallow soil among emergent granite or sedimentary rocks.

Thought to be extinct until its rediscovery near Charlton in 2009, and now known from several sites and hundreds of plants.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-05
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-05
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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 valida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis valida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native

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