Shire on trail of rare orchid

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on a reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing visit,” she said.

“Lo­cal Friends Group mem­bers, the Wild­flower So­ci­ety and WA Orchid So­ci­ety vol­un­teers have been search­ing for this orchid on road­sides and bush­land re­serves across the Shire for the past seven years. This re­cent re-dis­cov­ery demon­strates the im­por­tance of vol­un­teers – our cit­i­zen sci­en­tists – in on­go­ing ef­forts to pro­tect this threat­ened orchid.”

WA Orchid So­ci­ety mem­ber Bob Steed said: “Un­der­stand­ing where these or­chids oc­cur and what fac­tors need to be man­aged to pro­tect them will help the Shire of Kala­munda, DPAW and the WA Orchid So­ci­ety pro­tect these spec­tac­u­lar or­chids for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The to­tal num­ber of the orchid is hard to gauge, but there may only be fewer than 1000 in­di­vid­ual plants left in the wild.

If you think you have seen it, call the Shire 9257 9999 or email kala.shire@kala­

The flora base web­site can help with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Go to

The rare crys­tal brook sun orchid.

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