Pterostylis parviflora R.Br. 1810 SECTION Speculantha

Plant Photo courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Small Flowered Pterostylis - In Australia Tiny Greenhood Orchid

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia at elevations of 10 to 900 meters occuring in open forest, heathy woodland in a variety of soils from sandy to red clay-loam as a miniature sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial orchid with small, globose tubers giving rise to an erect stem enveloped by a rosette of round, obtuse, petiolate base leaves when not in flower and blooms with an acute, sheath near the base and then 3 + small, elliptic, acute basally clasping leaves and one at the base of each recuring flower on a a 4 1/2" [11.25 cm] long inflorescence with 1 to 8, inward facing flowers occuring in the summer and fall and leaves that appear after blooming.

Synonyms Pterostylis whitei F.M.Bailey 1910; Speculantha parviflora (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Speculantha parviflora photo good