Conservation


PLEASE HELP TO CONSERVE OUR NATIVE ORCHIDS

 
     
 

You Can Help By:

  • Not being tempted to dig them up to take home
    The terrestrial species usually can't be grown in cultivation without specialist knowledge.
    They will just die down, never to emerge again.
    It can be hard to resist the temptation... but please try.
  • Not being tempted to pick the flowers
    Each flower will set thousands of tiny pepper-like seeds... one less flower equals the potential loss of many plants.
    Anyway, the flowers wilt very quickly once picked.
  • Report findings of any rare or uncommon species
    Either let us know via this website, or notify your local DOC office.
    For a list of the threatened species... Please refer to the list below.
  • Keep an eye out for anyone selling Native Orchids
    Reputable Garden Centres don't sell our Native Orchids... but occasionally some places do sell the common
    epiphytic species, although this is fairly rare nowadays. Keep an eye out for anyone advertising the terrestrial
    species for sale and report them to DOC immediately.

 



THREATENED AND UNCOMMON NEW ZEALAND ORCHIDS

Based on de Lange et al. (2009) - New Zealand Journal of Botany 47: 61-96

 
         
(1) THREATENED
Nationally Critical
Corybas carsei
Pterostylis puberula
Pterostylis micromega
Paracaleana minor
Thelymitra matthewsii
Thelymitra sanscilia


Nationally Endangered
Pterostylis tasmanica
Pterostylis irwinii


Nationally Vulnerable
Spiranthes novae-zelandiae
(2) AT RISK
Declining
Pterostylis paludosa

Relict
Prasophyllum hectorii

Naturally Uncommon
Bulbophyllum tuberculatum
Corybas cryptanthus
Corybas rotundifolius
Caladenia alata
Caladenia atradenia
Caladenia bartlettii
Caladenia variegata
Calochilus paludosus
Calochilus robertsonii
Genoplesium nudum
Genoplesium pumilum
Danhatchia australis
Drymoanthus flavus
Pterostylis tristis
Pterostylis auriculata
Pterostylis cernua
Pterostylis foliata
Pterostylis humilis
Pterostylis porrecta
Pterostylis silvicultrix
Thelymitra formosa
Townsonia deflexa

(3) NON-RESIDENT NATIVE
Vagrant
Chiloglottis formicifera
Chiloglottis trapeziformis
Chiloglottis valida
Pterostylis nutans

Coloniser
Cryptostylis subulata
Thelymitra malvina

 

 

 

(4) DATA DEFICIENT
Corybas papillosa
Corybas rivularis

         
     
(1) THREATENED
Nationally Critical
Calochilus aff. herbaceus (CHR 65825; Kaimaumau)
Microtis aff. unifolia (CHR 532775; Fox)
Corybas aff. rivularis (AK 251833; Kaitarakihi)
Thelymitra (a) (WELT 79140; Ahipara)


(2) AT RISK
Naturally Uncommon
Corybas aff. rivularis (CHR 534752; "rest area")
Corybas aff. sulcatus (CHR 300648; Chatham Islands)
Corybas aff. trilobus (CHR 534742; Trotters Gorge)
Corybas aff. trilobus (CHR 537604; Rimutaka)
Pterostylis aff. graminea (CHR 513330; "sphagnum")
Thelymitra (c) (CHR 518036; "rough leaf")
Thelymitra ixioides (AK 251348; New Zealand)



(3) DATA DEFICIENT
Spiranthes aff. novae-zealandiae (CHR 518297; Motutangi)
Thelymitra aff. longifolia (CHR 537579; Whakapapa)

   
     
 

 


THE NEW ZEALAND NATIVE ORCHID GROUP CODE OF CONDUCT:


  • Regard the orchid tuber as sacred and leave it undisturbed.
  • Take only photographs if a plant is scarce in a locality. If you need a specimen for identification, take the minimum - don't take
    the whole plant unless there are more than twenty; don't take more than 5% of any one plant; don't take flowers or fruit if there
    are few present; don't take duplicates. It is illegal to take specimens of any native plant from a Protected Natural Area without
    official permission.
  • Make sure you know whether it can be grown, and if so what its requirements are, before you take even a "common" native
    orchid for cultivation; where possible use seeds.
  • Preserve the habitat of all native plants: tread with care to minimise compaction of soil and disturbance of swamp habitat;
    "garden" minimally before taking photographs and do replace shelter if you have bent surrounding vegetation away.
  • Don't introduce any plant into wild habitat without proper authority.
  • Do tell the conservation people if you find a new site for a rare plant. Inform those who might unwittingly destroy a site with
    normal maintenance activities. Take care who you tell about the whereabouts of a rare plant, and don't take big groups to visit.
  • Tell park or property administrators when they need to protect orchid habitat by clearing scrub, maintaining tracks, spraying
    weeds or burning off.
  • Respect the rights and wishes of landowners and those of conservation people who ask you not to visit a site at certain times.
  • Make little impact on the environment; dispose of rubbish responsibly.
  • Do not try to export any orchid or part of an orchid from New Zealand. It is illegal under international agreements to do so.