Pterostylis pedoglossa W.Fitzg.

Prawn Greenhood

Austral. Orch. 1 (3): t. 5 (1877) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering plant to 15 cm tall, stem very slender. Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate to cordate, 0.5–2.5 cm long, 0.4–1.2 cm wide, shortly petiolate, margins entire, flat. Flower 15–20 mm long, erect to semi-nodding, green and white, sometimes brownish at the apex; galea apex flat or slightly decurved; dorsal sepal with a filiform point 1–3 cm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus V-shaped when viewed from the front, flat when viewed from the side, free points filiform, 1.5–3.5 cm long, more or less erect; petals narrow, obtuse. Labellum ovate to oblong, 3–4 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, greenish brown, apex broadly obtuse, not visible through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Mar.–Jul.

EGL, EGU, GipP, Strz, VVP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered in coastal and near-coastal heath and grasstree plains east of Melbourne, often on moist peaty 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, 2015-06-11
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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 pedoglossa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis pedoglossa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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New South Wales