Pterostylis tunstallii D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem

in M.A.Clem., Cat. Austral. Orchid. (Austral. Orchid Res. 1) 128 (1989) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering plant 25–50 cm tall, stem leaves 5–7, spreading, linear-lanceolate, 2.5–8.5 cm long, 3–5 mm wide. Rosette leaves 3–5, ovate to elliptic, 1–4 cm long, 4–9 mm wide. Flowers 3–10, 0.7–1 cm long, shiny, pale translucent green with darker green stripes, sepal tips brown; galea decurved in the distal third; dorsal sepal with an acuminate apex; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part elliptic, 7–10 mm long, 5–7 mm wide, free points 3.5–4.5 mm long, slightly divergent; petals slightly falcate, basal flanges small, apex obtuse. Labellum oblong, 4–5 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide, dark brown with a blackish basal mound and an inconspicuous broad blackish central stripe, covered with transparent, beaded or elongate cells and some acicular cells at base, apex attenuate, notched. Flowers Jul.–Sep.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Scattered across southern Victoria east from Wilsons Promontory and with an isolated inland occurrence near Tallangatta. Grows in moist areas of open-forest in coastal and near-coastal districts, often near granite rock outcrops, on sand or clay loams.

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 tunstallii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis tunstallii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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New South Wales