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

Fl. South Australia 4: 2117 (1986) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant to 15 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5 closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 4–10, ovate, 4–12 mm long, 3–8 mm wide, margins entire. Flower 2–2.5 cm long, erect, green and white with reddish brown stripes and suffusions; dorsal sepal with a decurved filiform point 1–2 mm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus nearly flat, shallowly notched when viewed from the front, curved when viewed from the side, free points 1.5–2 cm long, filiform, erect, curved forwards near the tip; petal margins broadly flared. Labellum narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 13–15 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, whitish with a dark brown apex, shallowly curved, distal quarter protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Apr.–Aug.

Glep, LoM, Wim. Also SA. Apart from an isolated occurrence near Portland, apparently confined to the Little Desert and Big Desert areas of western Victoria, often growing under mallee-scrub or Callitris gracilis (Slender Cypress-pine)/Eucalyptus leucoxylon (Yellow Gum) woodland, on well-drained sandy soil.

Plants from the Portland region are atypical in having a shorter, less protruding labellum.

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: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Pterostylis
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pterostylis dolichochila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis dolichochila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native

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South Australia