The Fleurieu leek orchid is a tall flowering orchid that occurs in swamp habitats associated with the critically endangered Swamps of the Fleurieu Peninsula Threatened Ecological Community. The fragmented populations have suffered since quality swamp habitat has declined by around 75 per cent. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are working to propagate enough plants to reinforce and secure wild populations.
Fleurieu Leek Orchid |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Prasophyllum murfetii
Threats The main identified threats to Fleurieu Leek Orchid are vegetation clearance increasing run off velocity and erosion drying of catchments by farm dams plantation forestry reducing groundwater and run off volume livestock grazing; trampling vegetation and compacting soils slashing and burning of swamps for agriculture inappropriate fire regimes and mining affecting aquifers (TSSC; 2006b).