The threatened Caladenia audasii has fewer than 8 plants left in the wild. Over the last three years, the ANPC has been working with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Friends of Grampians Gariwerd – FOGGS and Australasian Native Orchid Society – Victorian Group to save it from extinction, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Onground Action Program. An exclusion fence has been built at one site to protect plants from grazing, seed has been collected and sown for propagation, and surveys undertaken to look for any new orchid plants. Pollinator baiting has also been carried out to identify the orchid’s pollinator which is critical to manage the ecology of this species. The final stage of the project will be the re-introduction of 200 Caladenia audasii seedlings in winter 2021. Read more.
Saving the threatened Audas Spider-orchid (Caladenia audasii) from extinction
Sep 18, 2020 | News