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Stuart Mill Spider Orchid

The Stuart Mill Spider-orchid (Caladenia cretacea) is an elegant and dainty little orchid that's endemic to Victoria and listed as threatened (Endangered) in Victoria.

Replanting endangered orchids at JC GRffin Reserve, Vic. Photo Julie Whitfield.
Replanting endangered orchids at JC GRffin Reserve, Vic. Photo Julie Whitfield.
This delicate flower is found on J.C. Griffin Nature Reserve, a 96-hectare reserve 185km north-west of Melbourne. The species has long petals – white with a reddish brown tip – and a 25cm stem. It flowers from late August to September and is very tricky to spot.

The Stuart Mill Spider-orchid has a complex, interconnected relationship with its surrounding environment and is a good indicator of ecosystem health.

Land clearing, grazing by stock and feral herbivores and weeds have pushed the Stuart Mill Spider-orchid close to extinction and continue to challenge the species.

A Stuart Mill Spider Orchid. Photo Jeroen van Veen.
A Stuart Mill Spider Orchid. Photo Jeroen van Veen.
Just 12 plants were found on the property in 2008. However, in partnership with Amaryllis Environmental and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, a reintroduction program was started, which saw the number of Stuart Mill Spider-orchids on J.C. Griffin increase to 186 in 2017.

We're continuing to provide a sanctuary for the threatened Stuart Mill Spider-orchid on our J.C. Griffin Nature Reserve. We’ve also recently purchased another important piece of the Victorian bush, an as‐yet‐unnamed 52 hectare patch of bush in the middle of our Kara Kara-Wedderburn priority landscape in North Central Victoria, so it’s protected forever.

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