Pterostylis pedunculata R.Br.


Prodr. 327 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 25 cm tall. Rosette leaves 2–6, ovate to oblong, 1.5–6.5 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, petiolate, margins entire, flat or crinkled. Flowers 1.5–2 cm long, erect, white and green, heavily suffused reddish brown or blackish towards apex of galea; galea apex horizontal; dorsal sepal acute to subacute; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap, sinus deeply V-shaped when viewed from the front, shallowly mounded when viewed from the side, free points filiform, 16–30 mm long, divergent; petals narrow, acute. Labellum ovate, 4–7 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, dark reddish brown, straight, apex obtuse, tip just visible through the front of the sinus in the set position. Flowers Jul.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Common in moist sheltered sites, particularly in gullies in wet sclerophyll forest. Widespread and often locally common in a wide range of habitats from coastal scrub to montane forests, often in cool shady conditions. Occasionally found in fern gullies growing on decaying logs and the fibrous trunks of tree ferns.

Known to hybridise with Pterostylis curta and P. nutans.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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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 pedunculata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis pedunculata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory