Pterostylis puberula

Key Features

  • A slender orchid up to 10 cm tall, with a rosette of basal leaves and an erect, hairy flowering stem with smaller leaves, the flower held well above the highest leaf.
  • Also known as Linguella puberula.

Distribution and Habitat

  • North Island, gumlands in Northland and near Thames, but historical records from Mt Hikurangi and Thames. Nelson in South Island.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Competition with exotic plants.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Weed control where necessary.

Monitoring Options

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

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • Weed management - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
  • 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.
    • Peter de Lange, Peter Heenan, David Norton, Jeremy Rolfe and John Sawyer 2010. Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 472 pp.