Pterostylis ferruginea (D.L.Jones) G.N.Backh.

Victorian Naturalist 127: 57 (2010) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering plant to 40 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 6–10, obovate-spathulate, 1.5–6 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, prominently veined, margins entire. Flowers 2–10, porrect,10–14 mm long, dark olive green with translucent white areas, shiny; dorsal sepal with an upcurved filiform point 1–2 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part ovate-elliptic in outline when flattened, more or less flat, margins strongly incurved, glabrous, free points 1–2 mm long, divergent; petals long-acuminate at apex, with a well-developed proximal flange. Labellum oblong, 3.8–4 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, thick; marginal hairs in 4–8 pairs, 0.5–1.5 mm long, white, basal lobe thick, with numerous white hairs to 0.5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

Wim. Also SA. Known only from far western Victoria in open forest and woodland with a heathy understorey on well-drained sandy loam.

See note under Pterostylis squamata.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-05
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
Distribution map
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 ferruginea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis ferruginea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native

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South Australia