Prodr. 327 (1810) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|