Pterostylis aneba D.L.Jones

New Taxa Austral. Orch. (Austral. Orchid Res.) 5: 85 (2006) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant to 20 cm tall, stem scabrous. Rosette leaves 3–5, ovate to elliptic, 3–6 cm long, 0.8–1.6 cm wide, scattered on the basal part of the stem, sessile, margins entire. Flower 3–4 cm long, erect, pale to dark green and white; galea apex obliquely erect; dorsal sepal acute; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap, sinus broadly notched when viewed from the front, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 1.5–2 cm long, erect or slightly recurved; petals broad, obtuse. Labellum narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 15–18 mm long, 3–3.5 mm wide, green or brown, curved forwards above the middle, obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Dec.–Febr.

HFE, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Known from a few sites in north-eastern Victoria in grassy areas and near streams in montane forest and near swamps in moisture-retentive soils.

See note under Pterostylis alpina.

This species is poorly known and may be more common than current records suggest.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-04
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 aneba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis aneba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales