National Recovery Plan for the Small Golden Moths Orchid (Diuris basaltica)
G. Backhouse and K.Lester, Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, 2010
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The Small Golden Moths Orchid (Diuris basaltica) is a small, yellow deciduous terrestrial orchid endemic to Victoria. Previously locally common in a limited area of the basalt plains to the west of Melbourne, the species has suffered a catastrophic decline in range and abundance, and now survives in just three wild populations containing about 400 plants (almost all plants occur in just one population), with about 200 plants in cultivation.
Major threats include disturbance to and destruction of plants and habitat, grazing, weed invasion and altered fire regimes. Diuris basaltica is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act).
This national Recovery Plan is the first prepared for the species, and details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.