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Pterostylis erecta T.E.Hunt
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Erect Maroonhood

Pterostylis erecta T.E.Hunt APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Rosette leaves 4–7, ovate to oblong, 1.5–5 cm long, 10–25 mm wide, margins entire or crinkled; petiolate.

Scape to 35 cm high. Flower c. 2 cm long, erect, white with greenish brown to dark brown markings and suffusions. Apex of galea obliquely erect. Lateral sepals loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap; sinus deeply V-shaped when viewed from the front, shallowly mounded when viewed from the side; free points filiform, c. 15 mm long, divergent. Petals narrow, acute. Labellum ovate-oblong, 5–7 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, brown, somewhat shiny, obtuse, tip just visible through the front of the sinus in the set position.

Photo J. Plaza

Flowering: July–September

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist sheltered sites of sclerophyll forest and wet sclerophyll forest; coastal districts north of Moruya.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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