Pterostylis planulata D.L.Jones & MA.Clem.

Muelleria 8: 81 (1993) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant to 20 cm tall, stem leaves 3–4, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 5–8, elliptic to ovate, 1.8–3 cm long, 4.5–8 mm wide. Flowers 1–7, porrect, c. 1.5 cm long, transparent with green lines and suffusions; dorsal sepal with straight or upcurved filiform point 20–30 mm long; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part broadly ovate in outline when flattened, shallowly concave to nearly flat, margins slightly upcurved, densely ciliate, free points filamentous, 20–35 mm long, deflexed, more or less parallel, c. 10 mm apart at the tips; petals with a poorly developed proximal flange. Labellum oblong-ovate to oblong-obovate, 5.5–7 mm long, 3–3.5 mm wide, dark green, thin-textured, margins scalloped; marginal hairs 9–12 pairs, c. 1 mm long, white, spreading; basal lobe sloped backwards, with 2 prominent, forward-pointing hairs c. 3 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

DunT, GGr, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Localized in Victoria where known with certainty only from northern outliers of the Grampians, growing in shallow soils on rock ledges under low shrubs.

Plants of similar appearance from heavy clay soils in mallee communities of the Little Desert and Big Desert may be referrable to this species.

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: 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 planulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis planulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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South Australia