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 scrub 1

Flower Description:

Translucent with dark green lines 1


Terrestrial orchid arising from rounded underground tubers, to 15 cm tall 1

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 hairs 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

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