National recovery plan for the Sturdy Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum validum)
Mike Duncan, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Sturdy Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum validum) (PDF - 188 KB) | (RTF - 4,324 KB)
The Sturdy Leek-orchid Prasophyllum validum is a tall, slender, deciduous terrestrial orchid endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it occurs in Victoria and South Australia. Little is known of the ecology or biology of the species, although it seems to prefer relatively dry woodland habitats. Currently 18 populations containing about 3,200 plants are known. There is no information on previous distribution or abundance, although substantial areas of woodland habitats have been cleared. Current threats include grazing by introduced and native herbivores and habitat disturbance and destruction. The Sturdy Leek-orchid is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, and Vulnerable under the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. This national Recovery Plan for the Sturdy Leek-orchid 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.