Pterostylis multiflora (D.L.Jones) G.N.Backh.

Victorian Naturalist 127: 57 (2010) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 20–45 cm tall, stem wiry, stem leaves 3–6, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 3–5, ovate to cordate, 0.8–2.3 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, petiolate, margins flat, 1–3 rosettes arising laterally on the mature plant. Flowers 3–20, erect, 8–10 mm long, green and white basally, brownish towards apex, angular and narrow, crowded; galea erect in the basal half, curved forwards in the distal half; dorsal sepal shortly acuminate, apex scabrous; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus shallowly notched when viewed from the front, stepped when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, c. 3 mm long, not exceeding the galea; petals falcate. Labellum narrowly elliptic, 3–4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, tip not visible through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

CVU, EGU, HNF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Widespread in north-eastern Victoria in tall open forest with a dense shrubby or grassy understorey, on well-drained loams.

Characterised by its many crowded, narrow, angular flowers that are brownish and scabrous towards the apex, and its summer flowering.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-07-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
Distribution map
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 multiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis multiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory