Common name: Mountain Greenhood
Pterostylis monticola D.L.Jones APNI*
Synonyms: Pterostylis sp. C sensu Harden (1993) APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Rosette leaves 3–7, scattered on the basal part of the stem, ovate to elliptic, 4–9 cm long, 15–25 mm wide, margins entire; sessile.
Scape to 40 cm high; stem scabrous. Flower 4–5 cm long, erect, dark green and white. Apex of galea flat or slightly decurved. Dorsal sepal acute to subacute. Lateral sepals loosely embracing the galea leaving a lateral gap; sinus broadly notched when viewed from the front, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side; free points linear-tapered, c. 20 mm long, erect. Petals broad, subacute. Labellum narrow-ovate to lanceolate, 16–19 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, brown, curved forwards above the middle, subacute to obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus in the set position.
Distribution and occurrence: Common in moist grassy areas and near streams in montane forests and subalpine shrubland; chiefly south from the Kosciusko region with a disjunct population at Barrington Tops.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by D. L. Jones
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