Threatened Orchids

The orchid flowering season is well upon us and the following photograph is of the Metallic Sun-orchid or Thelymitra epipactoides which is a nationally threatened orchid species. This photograph was taken at the translocation site in Desert Camp recently by one of our valued volunteers...

Like many of the plant species remaining on the Victorian Volcanic Plain, the endangered Basalt Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum viretrum) is threatened by clearance, fragmentation and degradation of habitat. Despite this, it's hanging in at a handful of grassland sites near Warrnambool and can be seen flowering en...

In recent threatened flora news we have two sub-projects of RUEC to talk about: Avenue Cassinia (Cassinia tegulata) and threatened orchids. Avenue Cassinia is a critically endangered shrub endemic to the area between Kingston SE, South Australia, and Edenhope, Victoria. There are only about 1200 known...

They're a few of the fascinating things to be found at our Maam Water Reserve project site, just out of Warrnambool! [caption id="attachment_15334" align="alignright" width="420"] Dwarf galaxias (Galaxiella pusillla) (image: M. Hammer)[/caption] Things have been steadily ticking along over the last few months at this small wetland reserve...

[caption id="attachment_12530" align="alignright" width="300"] Elegant Spider-orchid (Bryan Haywood)[/caption] Eleven days of intricate and rewarding field work has recently come to an end after four nationally threatened terrestrial orchid species were successfully translocated into 8 sites throughout the South East through the Restoring the Under-represented Ecological Communities...