Pterostylis atrans D.L.Jones

Blunt-tongue Greenhood

Muelleria 8: 185 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 30 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5, spreading. Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate, 1–3.5 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, petiolate, margins crisped. Flower 14–20 mm long, erect, mostly dark green and white, shiny; dorsal sepal with a filiform point 6–9 mm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus raised at the middle, protruding prominently like a platform when viewed from the side, free points 15–20 mm long, filiform, erect; petals brown, margins flared. Labellum oblong, 9–11 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, green with a dark brown apex, the tip just protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Nov.–Apr.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp. Also Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread in higher rainfall parts of Victoria amongst grass on moist slopes or on ridges mostly in the ranges and foothills, but also rarely in coastal woodlands.

Apparent hybrids with Pterostylis decurva have been observed.

See note under Pterostylis alveata.

Previously known in Victoria as Pterostylis obtusa, a taxon restricted to NSW and possibly Qld.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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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 atrans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis atrans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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
Otway Ranges 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