Pterostylis acuminata R.Br.

Prodr. 326 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Flowering plant to 25 cm tall. Rosette leaves 4–6, elliptic, 1–4 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, flat or crinkled, stalked. Flower 2–3 cm long, semi-nodding, green and white, apex of galea reddish brown, flat or slightly decurved; dorsal sepal acute, of similar length to petals; lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing the galea leaving a wide lateral gap, sinus broadly notched when viewed from the front, protruding prominently when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, 2–2.5 cm long, erect or recurved; petals broad, pointed. Labellum narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 14–16 mm long, 3.5–4 mm wide, reddish brown, curved forwards above the middle, apex acuminate, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position. Flowers Mar.–May

EGL. Currently known only from open forests of far East Gippsland on sandy soil.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-02
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-06-02
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 acuminata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pterostylis acuminata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory