Pterostylis clivosa (D.L.Jones) D.L.Jones

Austral. Orchid Review 82 (3): 63 (2017)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 10–45 cm tall, stem wiry, stem leaves 2–4, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 3–8, ovate to cordate, 0.3–0.6 cm long, 0.3–0.7 cm wide, petiolate, pale green, margins flat or crenulate, 1–3 rosettes arising laterally on the mature plant. Flowers 2–12, erect, 7–10 mm long, green and white basally, reddish brown towards apex, rounded and plump, not crowded; galea erect in the basal half, curved forwards in the distal half; dorsal sepal shortly acuminate, apex sparsely scabrous; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus v-shaped when viewed from the front, not bulging when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, c. 2 mm long, not exceeding the galea; petals falcate. Labellum narrowly elliptic, 3.5–4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, tip not visible through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Mar.–Jun.

GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, OtP. Widespread across southern Victoria on slopes and ridges in drier open forests and woodlands on well-drained soils.

Characterised by its uncrowded, plump, rounded flowers that are brownish and scabrous towards the apex.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-07-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
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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 clivosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis clivosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native