National recovery plan for the Desert Greenhood (Pterostylis xerophila)
Mike Duncan, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Desert Greenhood (Pterostylis xerophila) (PDF - 177 KB) | (RTF - 2,368 KB)
The Desert Greenhood Pterostylis xerophila is a small, deciduous, terrestrial orchid endemic to inland South Australia and Victoria. Little is know of its biology, ecology, distribution and abundance. It occurs in generally remote locations in semi-desert environments, growing mostly on rock outcrops under low shrubs. Only eight populations containing about 150 plants are known. Current threats include grazing and habitat degradation by native and introduced herbivores, disturbance and climate change. The Desert Greenhoodis listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and is listed 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 Desert Greenhoodis the first recovery plan for the species, and details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.