Pterostylis parviflora R.Br.

Tiny Greenhood

Prodr. 327 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 8–25 cm tall, stem wiry, stem leaves 3–6, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 3–8, ovate to cordate, 0.3–1.5 cm long, 0.3–0.7 cm wide, petiolate, margins flat or crenulate, 1–3 rosettes arising laterally on the mature plant. Flowers 1–8, erect, 7–10 mm long, green and white, sometimes with brownish petals, narrow; galea erect in the basal half, curved forwards in the distal half; dorsal sepal shortly acuminate; 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, 3.5–4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, tip sometimes visible through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Feb.–Jun.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and often locally common through a range of habitats including coastal scrub, heathland, woodland and open forest, usually on well-drained soils.

Part of a species complex with a few apparently undescribed elements still under study.

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, 2015-07-17
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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 parviflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis parviflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory