Common name: King Greenhood
Pterostylis baptistii Fitzg. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Rosette leaves 4–8, ovate to oblong, 1–8 cm long, 15–25 mm wide, margins wavy or crisped; petiolate.
Scape to 40 cm high. Flower c. 5–6 cm long, green and white with brown in the apex of the galea. Apex of galea obliquely erect to flat. Dorsal sepal acuminate. Lateral sepals loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap; sinus nearly flat, notched at the centre, protruding in a prominent bulge when viewed from the side; free points linear-tapered to filiform, 20–30 mm long, reflexed. Petals broad, anterior margins often crinkled. Labellum narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, 22–27 mm long, 3.5–5 mm wide, brown, apex subacute, distal quarter protruding from the sinus in the set position.
Distribution and occurrence: (rarely as early as Mar.). Grows in moist to wet soils on sheltered slopes in sclerophyll forest, chiefly coastal.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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