National Recovery Plan for the Basalt Rustyhood Pterostylis basaltica
Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment
- National Recovery Plan for the Basalt Rustyhood Pterostylis basaltica (PDF - 101 KB) | (RTF - 557 KB)
The Basalt Rustyhood (Pterostylis basaltica) is a terrestrial orchid endemic to south-western Victoria, where it grows in native herb-rich grassland on stony rises near Dundonnell, on the Victorian Volcanic Plain. It is known only from two populations of about 1,000 plants, one on a roadside reserve and the second on private property. The species has almost certainly suffered a major decline in range and abundance due to the almost total loss of its grassland habitat. Current threats to remaining populations include disturbance to or destruction of plants and habitat, herbicide spraying, roadside-related pressures, altered fire regimes, grazing/predation and weed invasion. The Basalt Rustyhood is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and is listed as Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. This recovery plan for the Basalt Rustyhood is a revision of a previous recovery plan for the species (Ingeme & Backhouse 1999), and details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.