Pterostylis aestiva D.L.Jones

Muelleria 2: 151 (1972) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant to 10–35 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5, spreading. Rosette leaves 3–5, ovate, 1–3 cm long, 1–1.5 cm wide, petiolate, dark bluish green, margins entire. Flower 2–3 cm long, slightly nodding, bluish-green, white and brown; dorsal sepal with a filiform point 8–12 mm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus flat with a shallow central notch when viewed from the front, protruding prominently when viewed from the side, free points to 25–35 mm long, filiform, erect; petal margins flared. Labellum oblong-lanceolate, 15–19 mm long, c. 4 mm wide, dark red-brown towards the apex, curved, blunt, the distal third protruding prominently from the sinus in the set position (labellum sometimes protruding in relaxed position). Flowers Jan.–Apr.

EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, Strz, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Restricted to east Victoria in moist grassy areas of montane forests and Snow Gum woodlands on well-drained loamy 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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-06
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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 aestiva in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis aestiva in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory