Pterostylis macilenta (D.L.Jones) G.N.Backh.

Victorian Naturalist 124: 124 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant 15–35 cm tall, stem leaves 5–6, spreading, linear-lanceolate, 2.5–8 cm long, 3–10 mm wide. Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate to ovate-lanceolate or elliptic, 1–3.5 cm long, 3–7 mm wide. Flowers 1–6, 16–20 mm long, shiny, dark translucent green with darker green stripes, sepal tips orange-brown; galea decurved in the distal third; dorsal sepal with an acuminate apex; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part elliptic, 10–15 mm long, 7–8.5 mm wide, free points 4–5 mm long, parallel or slightly divergent; petals slightly falcate, basal flanges small, apex obtuse. Labellum narrow-oblong, 5.5–7 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide, pale yellowish to brown with a darker brown basal mound and brown to black central stripe, covered with numerous, short, acicular cells, apex attenuate, notched. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

GGr. Endemic to Victoria where known only from the Grampians, in moist to wet shrubby forest on well-drained soils.

Plants are known to colonise disturbed sites such as quarries, gravel scrapes and roadsides.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-19
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-19
Distribution map
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 macilenta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis macilenta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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