Nature conservation

Threatened species

Elegant Greenhood - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Pterostylis elegans
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 06 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 18 Dec 2020


Elegant Greenhood is a ground orchid which is present for much of the year as a flattened rosette of small oval leaves. When the plant flowers over summer and autumn it produces a slender upright stem 15-28 cm tall with a single small flower at the tip. The flower is an unusual hood-shaped structure 14-18 mm long, green and white-striped, becoming reddish brown near the petal tips.


The Elegant Greenhood is known from eight locations, with a restricted distribution from the Barrington Tops to the Walcha district.

Habitat and ecology

  • The species occurs in NSW, and is known to occur on red-brown loams at elevations between 950 m and 1200 m. It is found among grass and shrubs in tall open eucalypt forest and flowers between January and April.
  • The species occurs in small numbers at each of the known locations.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastTomalla Predicted None