Pterostylis fischii Nicholls

Victorian Naturalist 67: 45, figs A-J (1950) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant to 25 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate, 0.5–2 cm long, 0.6–1.2 cm wide, petiolate, margins entire. Flower 2–2.5 cm long, erect, green, white and rusty brown, dark red-brown towards apex of galea; dorsal sepal with a decurved filiform point 5–15 mm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus broadly v-shaped when viewed from the front, protruding in a prominent curve when viewed from the side, free points 1.5–3 cm long, filiform, erect; petal margins not flared. Labellum oblong-elliptic, 8–10 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, apex dark brown, obtuse to truncate or slightly notched, not visible through the sinus in the set position Flowers Feb.–May.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Restricted and uncommon in eastern Victoria, from near-coastal open forests and woodlands to montane woodlands, often among grass and bracken, on well-drained soils.

Known to hybridise with P. laxa where the two species grow together.

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, 2015-06-16
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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 fischii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis fischii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory