Fringed Spider-orchid  |  

Caladenia thysanochila

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The fringed spider-orchid grows to 30 cm high and has a single leaf and a single white flower with reddish midlines. In 2006 this species was known from one site at Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula, where there were two plants growing. In 2010, this species was most likely extinct, though further surveys are required to confirm this status. Land clearance for residential development, illegal collection, weed invasion and trampling are threats to this species.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Caladenia thysanochila

    Fire Timing and frequency potential The role of fire for the fringed spider orchid is unknown.

    Too frequent fire or aseasonal fires may pose a threat by altering the habitat; removing organic surface materials and negatively impacting pollinators and mycorrhizal agents.