Pterostylis vittata Lindl. 1840 SECTION Urochilus Photo by John Varigos

The flowers on the right are P vitatta. Photo courtesy of Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Tony Watkinson and the Species Orchid Society of Western Australia Copyright 2006 All rights reserved


Common Name The Striped Pterostylis

Flower Size 1/2 to 3/4" [1.2 to 1.8 cm]

Found in Western Australia at elevations of sea level to 400 meters among shrubs in shrubby habitats as a small to medium sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a basal rosette of 3 to 7, non-flowering leaves that blooms in the fall and spring with a leafy stem carrying 5 to 8, narrowly linear, twisted, acute, basally clasping leaves on an erect, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, 2 to 25 flowered inflorescnece with semi-nodding flowers .

Synonyms Oligochaetochilus vittatus (Lindl.) Szlach. 2001; Pterostylis praecocissima F.Muell. ex Benth. 1873; Urochilus vittatus (Lindl.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Urochilus vittatus photo good