Metcalfe's Greenhood - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Pterostylis metcalfei
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 05 Oct 2001
Profile last updated: 22 Nov 2018


Metcalfe’s Greenhood is a small autumn-flowering ground orchid with a single helmet-shaped flower on a 35 cm long stem. It has up to five blue-green leaves in a rosette around the plant base, about 20 mm long and 16 mm wide. The flower is shiny white with bright green stripes. The hood of the flower is up to 24 mm long, strongly upright at the base and then arching forward.


Known only from three locations on the New England Tablelands: north of Wollomombi at Wongwibinda, near Hernani west of Dorrigo and at Ebor.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in gently sloping, moist depressions or gullies in tall eucalypt forest, often with a shrubby or Snowgrass understorey, on rich loam soils on basalt or granite. Climate is cool and wet.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Known None