SPECIES: Prasophyllum goldsackii — Goldsack's Leek-orchid
Goldsack’s Leek-orchid is a rare species endemic to South Australia, found only on parts of the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas. Small and slender – up to 30cm tall – it grows a single leaf and flowers that are green with dark purple edges and tips. Extensive vegetation clearance due to agriculture is most likely the reason for the small number of populations and plants left, as most occur on private land. In addition and quite interestingly, the species is also easily overlooked, as the flowers rarely open.
At FAME, we’re passionate about saving our native, smaller, lesser-known species that, without intervention, would otherwise be left to face extinction. Each and every one of our native Australian species contributes to the rich biodiversity on the continent. To lose just one of these species to extinction disrupts the balance of the ecosystem.
Working with landholders, volunteer and regional partners, the project aims to undertake collaborative searches, workshops and translocations, leading to new and increased population numbers whilst maintaining genetic diversity. To find out more about this important project and to make a donation visit https://www.fame.org.au/projects/saving-endangered-flora-species
Photo: Jerry Smith