The hinged dragon orchid is confined to seasonally moist rises above salt lakes between Coorow, Beacon and Lake King in the Merredin district of Western Australia. The species occurs on a variety of land tenures including private property, nature reserve and Shire road reserve, growing in tall to medium shrub land dominated by Melaleuca and Acacia species. This species is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, altered moisture regimes, invasive species and too frequent fire.
Hinged Dragon Orchid |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Caladenia drakeoides
Too frequent fire may pose a threat by killing any growth stimulated by initial summer fires (Brown et al.; 2003).