!Pterostylis curta R. Br. 1810 SECTION Pterostylis TYPE for the genus

Plant and Flower in situ New Caledonia Photo by Edouard Faria

Another Angle

Specimen plant Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt

Lip Detail Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Small Pterostylis - In Australia The Blunt Green Hood

Flower Size 3/4 to 1 3/8" [2 to 3.5 cm]

Found as a colony forming terrestrial in New Caledonia, southeastern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia in open forests near streams at elevations of 400 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial carrying 2 to 6, ovate to oblong, with crisped margins, stalked leaves in a basal rosette that blooms from late winter through spring on a single flowered, 12" [30 cm] long inflorescence.

Synonyms Pterostylis neocaledonica Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 2 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 8 1982 photo; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;