National recovery plan for the Canberra Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis actensis)
ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services
- National recovery plan for the Canberra Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis actensis) (PDF - 114 KB) | (RTF - 209 KB)
Arachnorchis actensis is a terrestrial orchid that grows singly or in small groups to a height of 40 to 90 mm. The flowers are solitary (rarely two) 12–20 mm in diameter and the base colour is greenish, heavily marked with reddish crimson lines and suffusions. For a complete description refer to Jones and Clements (1999).
The Canberra Spider Orchid is declared a Critically Endangered species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) (6 June 2005). The species is also declared an Endangered species in the Australian Capital Territory under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 (ACT). This recovery plan has been prepared under the provisions of the EPBC Act taking into account the objects of that Act.