Pterostylis tasmanica D.L.Jones

Muelleria 8: 190 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Flowering plant to 14 cm tall, stem leaves 1–3, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 8–14, ovate, 1–2.5 cm long, 3–7 mm wide, petiolate, margins entire. Flower 18–25 mm long, erect, translucent with dark green lines and reticulations, often shiny; galea erect in the basal two-thirds then curved forwards; dorsal sepal with a point 0.5–1.5 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part narrow, margins incurved, with a prominent thickened green pad, free points linear, 7–11 mm long, parallel. Labellum 12–15 mm long, broadest near the base, tapered to a linear-filiform central section and with a brown apical knob c. 2.5 mm long and c. 1.5 mm wide, all margins, except those of the knob, bearing dense bright yellow hairs 1–3 mm long, the distal two-thirds protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro. SA, NSW, Tas. Scattered mostly in near coastal scrubs, heathland and heathy forests west of Wilsons Promontory, on well-drained sandy or peaty soils.

See note under Pterostylis plumosa.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-09
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2018-06-19
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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 tasmanica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis tasmanica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales