National recovery plan for the Dense Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum spicatum)
Mike Duncan, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Dense Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum spicatum) (PDF - 194 KB) | (RTF - 1,729 KB)
The Dense Leek-orchid Prasophyllum spicatum is a tall, slender, deciduous terrestrial orchid endemic to south-eastern Australia. It is distributed from the south Gippsland region of Victoria to the far south-east of South Australia, and grows in coastal and hinterland heath and heathy woodland. The species has suffered a major decline in abundance. Only about eight populations containing about 80 plants remain, and these are under threat from a range of factors including disturbance to and destruction of habitat, weed invasion and predation. The Dense 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 Endangered under the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. This national Recovery Plan for the Dense Leek-orchid details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.