Pterostylis alveata Garnet

Victorian Naturalist 59: 91, figs A-N (1939) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering stem to 20 cm tall, stem leaves 3–5, spreading. Rosette leaves 2–5, ovate, 1–2.5 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, petiolate, margins flat or crisped. Flower 12–15 mm long, erect, green and white, shiny; dorsal sepal with a filiform point c. 5 mm long; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus flat, with a small central notch, protruding prominently when viewed from the side, free points 12–15 mm long, filiform, erect; petals green, margins not flared. Labellum oblong to oblong-elliptic, 8–10 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, red-brown towards the apex, the tip slightly protruding above the sinus in the set position. Flowers Apr.–Jun.

EGL, EGU, GipP, MonT, WPro. Also NSW, SA. Found mostly in near-coastal areas east of Melbourne in coastal woodland and scrub on stabilized dunes.

Differs from P. atrans in the shorter filiform point on the dorsal sepal, slight v-notch in the sinus of the lateral sepals and green petals (brown in P. atrans).

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.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-04
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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 alveata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis alveata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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