Pterostylis squamata R.Br.

Prodr. 327 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant to 30 cm tall, stem leaves 3–6, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 6–12, oblong to elliptic, 1–3 cm long, 7–12 mm wide, margins entire. Flowers 1–10, porrect to semi-nodding,10–14 mm long, transparent with green and reddish brown suffusions, shiny; dorsal sepal with an upcurved filiform point c. 1.5 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part elliptic in outline when flattened, shallowly concave, margins incurved, glabrous to slightly hairy, free points 5–7 mm long, divergent petals with a poorly developed proximal flange. Labellum oblong, 4–4.5 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, thick; marginal hairs in 5–7 pairs, 1–2 mm long, white, basal lobe thick, with numerous white hairs to 0.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, NIS, SnM, Wim. NSW, ACT, Tas. Scattered across Victoria from coastal to montane areas in heathland, heathy woodland and open forest on well-drained soils.

Pterostylis rufa has longer pedicels, slightly larger mostly reddish brown flowers with slightly longer tips on the sepals. Pterostylis ferruginea has much larger, prominently veined rosette leaves and long-acuminate petals.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-05
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 squamata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis squamata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Gippsland 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 Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Snowy Mountains present native