Pterostylis coccina Fitzg.

Austral. Orch. 1 (4): t. 3 (1878) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering stem to 22 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5. Rosette leaves 2–5, ovate, 1.5–3 cm long, 1–1.5 cm wide, petiolate, shiny, margins entire; flower 4–5 cm long, white and bluish-green or white and red; galea nearly flat or curved forwards in the distal third; dorsal sepal with a filiform point to 12–16 mm long; petal margins slightly flared; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus wide, flat, slightly bulbous when viewed from the side, scabrid, free points 3.5–4.5 cm long, filiform, divergent, erect or curved forwards. Labellum oblong-elliptic, 2–2.5 cm long, 3.5–4 mm wide, red-brown, curved near the apex, apical third protruding prominently from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Jan.–Apr.

DunT, EGU, MonT. Also NSW, ACT. Confined to montane areas of north-eastern Victoria where it grows among grass in sheltered areas of open-forest, on well-drained soils, with a disjunct occurence in Grampians National Park.

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, 2018-02-05
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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 coccina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis coccina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory