National recovery plan for the Gaping Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum correctum)
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Gaping Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum correctum) (PDF - 138 KB) | (RTF - 526 KB)
The Gaping Leek-orchid Prasophyllum correctum D. L. Jones is a small, slender, deciduous terrestrial orchid endemic to a small area near Bairnsdale in central Gippsland. Only two populations are known, containing about 150 plants. The species has undoubtedly suffered an extensive decline in range and abundance due to the almost complete loss of its grassland and grassy woodland habitat from the Gippsland plains. Major threats to remaining populations include grazing from pest and native animals, altered fire regimes leading to competition from grasses and shrubs, and disturbance to plants and habitat from vehicle or machinery movement.
The Gaping Leek-orchid is listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.This national Recovery Plan is 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.