!Pterostylis curta R. Br. 1810 SECTION Pterostylis TYPE for the genus

Plant and Flower in situ New Caledonia

Photos by Edouard Faria

Another Angle

Specimen plant

Photos by Eric Hunt

Lip Detail

Photos by Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussies Orchid Website


Common Name The Small Pterostylis - In Australia The Blunt Green Hood

Flower Size 3/4 to 1 3/8" [2 to 3.5 cm]

Found as a colony forming terrestrial in New Caledonia, southeastern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia in open forests near streams at elevations of 400 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial carrying 2 to 6, ovate to oblong, with crisped margins, stalked leaves in a basal rosette that blooms from late winter through spring on a single flowered, 12" [30 cm] long inflorescence.

Synonyms Pterostylis curta var. grandiflora Benth. 1873; Pterostylis neocaledonica Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 2 1964 photo ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 8 1982 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 75 #2 2011 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #11 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 photo fide; The Orchid Review Vol 1278 No 1330 June 2020 photo fide;