Pterostylis paludosa

Key Features

  • An erect, pale green orchid with narrow, grass-like leaves held close to the stem. Like all species of Pterostylis, the flowers are solitary at the top of the stem, and are rather compact in P. paludosa.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Central North Island (Waikato and Taupo) and northwest South Island, in montane bogs typically dominated by wire rush (Empodisma minus).


  • Habitat modification and loss (drainage, infilling).

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • References:
    • St George, I. (1999). The nature guide to New Zealand native orchids. Random House, Auckland.
    • Hollard, V. & Clements, N. (1994). A beginner’s field guide to the native orchids of New Zealand. Published by the authors.