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Saving the Brilliant Sun Orchid (Thelymitra mackibbinii) from extinction


Brilliant Sun Orchid (Thelymitra mackibbinii). Photo: Noushka Reiter

The ANPC is working with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV), Friends of the Grampians Gariwerd (FOGG) and the Australasian Native Orchid Society (Victoria Group) Inc. on this project over the next few years. The threatened Thelymitra mackibbinii has less than 60 naturally wild plants remaining. The RBGV has grown 600 plants from all remaining provenances, with improved genetic viability. These plants will be re-introduced and fenced for protection under this project. Guided community surveys will also be undertaken for any additional plants that may not have been seen previously, as well as for the small bee that is required for pollination.

Thelymitra mackibbinii is listed as Vulnerable under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999)  and listed as Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988).

This project has been funded by DELWP through its Biodiversity On-ground Action grants from September 2018 until May 2021.

Contact the ANPC for further information on this project.