Prasophyllum sylvestre R.J.Bates & D.L.Jones

New Taxa Austral. Orchid. (Austral. Orch. Res. 2) 81 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering stem slender, 20–50 cm tall. Leaf-blade to 10–20 cm long, 3–4 mm diam. at base, apex suberect, attenuated. Flowers 5–30, pale green, pink and reddish-brown, fragrant, in a loose, narrow raceme 4–9 cm long; pedicel slender, c. 1.5 mm long; ovary obovoid, 4–5 mm long, shiny green; sepals 7–10 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, deflexed, lateral sepals united in lower half, linear-lanceolate, obliquely erect, tips slightly divergent, apex keeled; petals 6–7.5 mm long, linear, spreading or incurved, acute. Labellum 6–9 mm long, shortly clawed, pink or whitish, proximal half obliquely erect with upturned, slightly crenulate margins, distal half suddenly reflexed and constricted into a narrow tail-like portion, margins crisped or undulate; callus linear-ovate, raised, channelled, yellowish or pink, glistening, reaching almost to labellum apex. Column appendages pale pink, linear, sigmoid, c. 2.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF, VVP. Also NSW. Uncommon species from edges of rain-forest or in tall woodland. Distribution uncertain due to confusion with other species. Flowers Nov.-Dec. Found in tall moist to wet forests and rainforest margins in far East Gippsland.

Flowering is enhanced by fire and other disturbance.

The distribution of this species is poorly known due to confusion with several closely related species.

Source: Bates, R.J. (1994). Prasophyllum. 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, 2015-04-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Prasophyllum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prasophyllum sylvestre in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum sylvestre 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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New South Wales