Pterostylis striata Fitzg.

Austral. Orch. 1: t.5 (1875) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 25 cm tall, stem leaves 3–7, spreading. Rosette leaves 4–10, ovate, 4–15 mm long, 3–11 mm wide, petiolate, margins finely crisped. Ovary and pedicel smooth to scabrous. Flower 19–22(–28) mm long, erect, green and white with red-brown to brown suffusions and stripes; dorsal sepal with a filiform point 2–4(–8) mm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus flat with a shallow central v-notch, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side, free points to 1.4–1.6 cm long, filiform, erect, often curved forwards at the apex; petal margins not or slightly flared. Labellum oblong-lanceolate, tapered, 7–9(–13) mm long, 2–2.6 mm wide, dark reddish-brown to nearly black distally, the tip just visible over the sinus in the set position. Flowers May.–Aug.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, NIS, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Widespread in Victoria, from tea-tree scrub on coastal dunes to dry open forests and woodlands, on well-drained soils.

Pterostylis nichollsiana was erected to accommodate larger-flowered plants with a longer filiorm point on the dorsal sepal (indicated by bracketed measurements in the above description), known in the Hurstbridge-Greensborough area and coastal sites near Melbourne (where now very rare if extant), but examination of specimens across the geographic range of P. striata suggests that characters that were used to distinguish P. nichollsiana are continuous between it and typical P. striata. As a consequence, P. nichollsiana is treated here as a synonym.

Hybridizes sporadically with P. concinna (see P. ×toveyana).

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-16
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-03-01
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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 striata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis striata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales