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

Victorian Naturalist 124: 124 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Flowering plant 15–40 cm tall, stem leaves 4–7, spreading, linear-lanceolate, 15–75 mm long, 3–7 mm wide. Rosette leaves 3–5, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 5–25 mm long, 4–10 mm wide. Flowers 1–6, 14–16 mm long, shiny, 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 broadly ovate, 13–15 mm long, 7–9 mm wide, free points 5–6 mm long, divergent; petals with anterior margin broadly curved, basal flanges absent, apex obtuse. Labellum oblong, 6–7.3 mm long, 3–3.8 mm wide, brown with a darker brown to blackish central stripe, covered with numerous, short, transparent acicular cells, apex attenuate, notched. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGU, MonT, VVP. Apparently endemic to Victoria where found in the Omeo and Wulgulmerang districts in rainshadow open forest and woodland on well-drained gravelly or stony soil.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-18
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-18
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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 crassa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis crassa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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