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

Victorian Naturalist 127: 56 (2010) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering plant to 16 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5, loosely sheathing. Rosette leaves 5–10, ovate to elliptic, 0.5–2.5 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, shortly petiolate to nearly sessile, margins entire. Flowers 5–16, crowded, pale green with darker green lines, 10–13 mm long; galea curved throughout, suddenly decurved near the apex; dorsal sepal acute; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part broadly ovate in outline when flattened, 6–7 mm long, 6–7 mm wide, margins incurved, concave, united basally, free points broadly triangular, c. 3 mm long, parallel; petals asymmetrical, broadest towards the base. Labellum pale green with a dark green basal appendage; lamina obovate-oblong, c. 3 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide; appendage c. 2 mm long, recurved. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

DunT, GipP, VVP. Endemic to Victoria where formerly widespread in basalt plains grassland north and west of Melbourne and now apparently confined to two sites, on stony rise country near Mortlake, and in Eucalyptus microcarpa grassy woodland near Bacchus Marsh. Soils are red-brown clay loams.

See note under Pterostylis mutica.

Pterostylis conferta is critically endangered and is currently known from very plants in a small roadside reserve.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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 conferta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis conferta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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