Pterostylis plumosa

Common name: 

Southern Plume-orchid

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (BCDEJKMNPSTVWZ) also SA, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sheltered slopes in open forest and coastal scrub1

Flower description:

Translucent with dark green lines1


Terrestrial orchid arising from rounded underground tubers, to 15 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Rosette leaves encircle the base of the scape in a loose spiral. Flowers are solitary and the labellum lamina has an apical knob and numerous long, yellow hairs1

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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria