To 30 cm tall with a basal rosette of broad rumpled round to heart-shaped leaves 20 mm across or short almost triangular stem leaves 5-20 x 2-5 mm; semi-mature plants may have mixed leaves..
Small, one rarely two, 10-15mm tall. Dorsal sepal and petals pointed, about equal. Lateral sepals fine, erect and spreading widely. Junction of the lateral sepals strongly rolled outwards to form a thick lip.
May - October.
Lowland to montane, light scrub and forest. Northland to Nelson and Marlborough Sounds.
Widespread, common, forming large colonies.
Like P. alobula but flowers slender. Flowers occasionally turning reddish after pollination, sometimes lateral petals separate from the dorsal sepal.
Presence of rosette and flowering stages, very small flower, lateral sepals rolled outwards at junction to give jug spout look.