Pterostylis nutans R.Br.

Nodding Greenhood

Prodr. 327 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 30 cm tall. Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate, elliptic or oblong, 3–9 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, petiolate, margins wavy or crisped. Flower 1.8–2.5 cm long, strongly nodding, translucent with green and brown in the galea; dorsal sepal acute; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a wide lateral gap, sinus broadly V-shaped when viewed from the front, abruptly curved when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 10–18 mm long, projected forwards or downwards; petals narrow, subacute. Labellum ovate-lanceolate, 14–18 mm long, 3.5–4 mm wide, green and reddish brown, scabrous, apex curved, obtuse to subacute, distal half protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers April to October.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. New Zealand. Widespread and common in many habitats including open-forest, wet sclerophyll forest and coastal scrub, often in moist shaded areas.

Hybridizes sporadically with P. curta, P. pedunculata and with P. furcata to form P. ×ingens.

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, 2015-06-11
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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 nutans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis nutans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory