Prasophyllum tadgellianum (R.S.Rogers) R.S.Rogers

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 47: 338 (1923) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering stem 10-20(–30) cm tall, stout. Leaf-blade to 8 cm long, stiff, turgid, 4–8 mm diam. at base. Flowers 8–20, crowded, dark brownish, often fragrant, in a short spike 5–8 cm long; ovary obovoid, to 4 mm long; sepals 5.5–6.5 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, acute, lateral sepals usually mostly connate (tips free), with thickened incurved margins and recurved apices; petals linear-lanceolate, 5-5.5 mm long, projecting forward. Labellum 4–5 mm long, subsessile, recurved near middle, greenish, whitish or pink, base orbicular, flat, margins smooth; callus often greenish, prominently raised, covering most of labellum lamina and extending almost to the apex. Column appendages whitish, narrow-oblong, to 1.5 mm long. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Confined to alpine and subalpine meadows and snowgum woodlands, often in moist to wet areas among tussock grasses.

Formerly confused with P. alpinum, but that species has smaller, greenish flowers and is confined to Tasmania. Prasophyllum sphacelatum is a more robust species with larger flowers than P. tadgellianum and the leaf-blade is withered at flowering (still stiff and green in P. tadgellianum).

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-03-27
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Prasophyllum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prasophyllum tadgellianum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum tadgellianum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory