To 30 cm tall. Juvenile plants with broad oval to elliptic leaves; flowering specimens have a basal set of broadly-ovate or elliptic leaves 25-60 x 20-5mm, and upright, narrow pointed leaves stem leaves
Large flowered sepals often curled, somewhat truncate, overall dark to dull green, labellum broad, reddish and twisted at the tip.
November - December.
Usually in shaded forest, often under Dicksonia fibrosa, but usually in more open forest and restiad bogs.
Not threatened but naturally uncommon. Chatham endemic.
P. silvicultrix has been confused with P. montana but is larger and the leaves more oval.
Chatham Islands species, large flowered, labellum broad and twisted at the tip, lateral sepals curled forwards.