Pterostylis curta R.Br.

Blunt Greenhood

Prodr. 326 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 30 cm tall. Rosette leaves 2–6, ovate to elliptic or oblong, 2–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, petiolate, margins entire, flat or crisped. Flower 3–3.5 cm long, more or less erect, white and green with brown suffusions in the galea; galea apex obliquely erect to horizontal; dorsal sepal blunt; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap, sinus broadly V-shaped when viewed from the front, shallowly mounded when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 10–12 mm long, divergent, recurved; petals broad, subacute. Labellum oblong-obovate, 17–22 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, brown, apex obtuse, twisted to one side, distal quarter to third protruding through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and common in many habitats including open-forest, wet sclerophyll forest and coastal scrub, often in moist shaded areas on heavy to well-drained soils.

Hybrids with P. nutans and P. pedunculata have been recorded.

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 curta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis curta 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
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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory