Pterostylis monticola D.L.Jones

Muelleria 8: 189 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 40 cm tall, stem scabrous. Rosette leaves 3–7, ovate to elliptic, 3–8 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide, scattered on the basal part of the stem, sessile, margins entire. Flower 4–5 cm long, erect, dark green and white; galea apex flat or slightly decurved; dorsal sepal acute to subacute; 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; petals broad, subacute. Labellum narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 16–20 mm long, 3.5–4.5 mm wide, brown, curved forwards above the middle, subacute to obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Nov–.Mar.

EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Common in moist grassy areas, near streams and swamp margins in montane forests and subalpine woodland.

See note under P. alpina.

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, 2015-06-04
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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 monticola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis monticola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory