National recovery plan for the Maroon Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum frenchii)
Mike Duncan, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Maroon Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum frenchii) (PDF - 283 KB) | (RTF - 1,783 KB)
The Maroon Leek-orchid is a tall, slender, deciduous terrestrial orchid endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it occurs across southern Victoria and in south-eastern South Australia. Formerly more widely distributed in south-eastern Australia, the species has suffered a major decline in both range and abundance. Only about seven populations containing about 1,000 plants remain, and these are under threat from disturbance to and destruction of habitat, weed invasion and predation. The Maroon Leek-orchid is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, and Endangered under the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. This national Recovery Plan for the Maroon Leek-orchid details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.