Pterostylis basaltica D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 1993 SECTION Oligochaetochilus

Flower in situ

Photos by Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussie's Website

Common Name The Basalt-Loving Pterostylis - in Australia The Basalt Rustyhood

Flower Size 3/5" [1.5 cm]

Found only in the Western District of Victoria Australia at elevations of 150 to 250 meters in native grassland road reserves on basaltic rock outcrops in pockets of rich sandy loam as a miniature sized, cold growing litho-terrestrial with a stem carrying a basal rosette of several small, elliptic, subacute leaves that flowers in the spring in Austrialia on a to 12" [to 30 cm] tall, erect, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with 4 or so, tubular, acute sheaths and has successively opening flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Oligochaetochilus basalticus photo ok