Common name: Midget Greenhood
Pterostylis mutica R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Hymenochilus muticus (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Rosette leaves 4–7, ovate to oblong, 1–3 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, margins entire; shortly petiolate to nearly sessile.
Scape to 35 cm high, with 5–10 closely sheathing stem leaves. Flowers 2–20, pale green to yellowish green, c. 0.8 cm long. Galea curved throughout, suddenly decurved near the apex. Dorsal sepal acute. Lateral sepals broad-ovate in outline when flattened, 6–7 mm long, 7–8 mm wide, margins incurved, concave, united nearly to the apex; free points broad-triangular, c. 2 mm long, not divergent. Petals broadest towards the base. Labellum pale green with a dark green basal appendage; lamina ovate-oblong, c. 3 mm long, c. 2.2 mm wide; appendage c. 2 mm long, recurved.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and grassland; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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