The cinnamon sun orchid grows to around 80 cm high and its flowers have a distinctive, strong cinnamon scent. Endemic to southwestern Western Australia this orchid is found growing in Eucalptus wandoo and E. accendens woodlands and is known from three populations estimated to comprise of around 40 flowering plants. The cinnamon sun orchid flowers from late October through to December or January and is threatened by illegal picking, weed invasion, trampling by feral pigs and road, track and firebreak maintenance.
Cinnamon Sun Orchid |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Thelymitra dedmaniarum
Threats The main threats to the species are weed invasion; grazing and trampling; road; track and firebreak maintenance; changed fire regimes; motorbikes and off road vehicles; illegal picking and whole plant collection; poor recruitment and future mining operations (DEC 2012).
They also increase the likelihood of fire due to the easy ignition of high fuel loads; which are produced annually by many grass weed species (DEC 2012).