Common name: Blunt Greenhood
Pterostylis curta R.Br. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Rosette leaves 2–6, ovate to elliptic or oblong, 1.5–10 cm long, 8–30 mm wide, margins entire or crisped; petiolate.
Scape to 30 cm high. Flower c. 3.5 cm long, erect, white and green with brown suffusions in the galea. Apex of galea obliquely erect to horizontal. Lateral sepals loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap; sinus broadly V-shaped when viewed from the front, shallowly mounded when viewed from the side; free points linear-tapered, c. 10 mm long, divergent, recurved. Petals broad, subacute. Labellum oblong-obovate, 12–16 mm long, c. 4.5 mm wide, brown, apex obtuse, twisted to one side, distal quarter protruding through the sinus in the set position.
Distribution and occurrence: Common in sclerophyll forest from the coast to inland ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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