Pterostylis oreophila Clemesha

Orchadian 4: 100 (1974) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: critically endangered (CR); Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering plant 8–20 cm tall, stem smooth. Rosette leaves 3–5, oblong to elliptic, 3–7 cm long, 2–3 cm wide, scattered on the basal part of the stem, sessile, margins entire. Flower 2.5–3 cm long, green and white, erect; galea apex decurved; dorsal sepal subacute to obtuse, similar in length to petals; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap, sinus deeply v-shaped when viewed from the front, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 10–16 mm long, recurved; petals broad, subacute. Labellum ovate-lanceolate, 13–20 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, dark blue-green, subacute, apex often curled, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position Flowers Nov.–Jan.

EGU, HNF, MonT, SnM. Also NSW, ACT. Localised in north-eastern Victoria in montane to sub-alpine sphagum bogs and streamsides under thickets of Leptospermum grandiflorum.

Often grows with Pterostylis monticola, but readily distinguished by its dark blue-green labellum and favouring of wetter substrates.

Source: Jones, D.L. (1994). Pterostylis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Pterostylis dubia R.Br.).
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 oreophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis oreophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory