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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 foliata
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 16 Dec 2016
Profile last updated: 05 Aug 2019


Pterostylis foliata is a greenhood orchid with 3-6 roughly ovate leaves 2–5 cm long, 8–16 mm wide. The flowering stem is up to 30 cm high and is smooth. The flower is about 2 cm long, dark green and white with brown in the galea. The lateral sepals tightly embrace the galea; sinus broadly to deeply V-shaped when viewed from the front, protruding in a shallow curve when viewed from the side; free points linear-tapered, about 15 mm long, erect, divergent. The labellum oblong, 9–12 mm long, and about 3 mm wide, brown, obtuse, distal third protruding from the sinus.


Pterostylis foliata is found in NSW, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand (type location). In NSW the species occurs mainly in the Southern Tablelands south from Batlow.

Habitat and ecology

  • In NSW, Pterostylis foliata grows in eucalypt forest amongst an understorey of shrubs, ferns and grasses. It grows on loam or clay loam soils found on sheltered sloping to steep ground and populations may be found in localised open seepage areas. Flowering occurs from August to January.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known None
Other StateSA Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBondo Known None