Common name: Prawn Greenhood
Pterostylis pedoglossa Fitzg. APNI*
Synonyms: Crangonorchis pedoglossa (Fitzg.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Rosette leaves 3–6, ovate to cordate, 0.5–2 cm long, 4–12 mm wide, margins entire; shortly petiolate.
Scape to 15 cm high, very slender. Flower c. 2 cm long, green and white, sometimes brownish at the apex. Apex of galea flat or slightly decurved. Apex of dorsal sepal with a filiform point 1–2.5 cm long. Lateral sepals tightly embracing the galea; sinus V-shaped when viewed from the front, flat when viewed from the side; free points filiform, usually 15–30 mm long, ± erect. Petals narrow, obtuse. Labellum ovate to oblong, 3–4 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, green, apex broad-obtuse, not visible through the sinus in the set position.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal and near-coastal heath; south from Sydney.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: D.P. Banks (1996)
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