Oaklands community organises morning tea for outstanding orchid

Celebrating Threatened Species Day, the Riverina community is invited to a free morning tea on 7 September to celebrate the exceptional yet endangered Oaklands diuris orchid.

Oaklands diuris, Diuris sp. Oaklands, D.L. Jones

Anna Murphy from the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program said everyone is invited to the morning tea co-hosted by the local Saving our Species team, Oaklands Country Women’s Association, Corowa District Landcare and Murray Local Land Services.

“Local botanists will be there to talk about the species, the threats to its survival and how we can work together to help secure the future of native orchids right across the Riverina,” Ms Murphy said.

“The event will feature the unveiling of new interpretive signs featuring the orchid, designed and made by local artists.

“The Oaklands diuris is one of a group of orchids affectionally known as ‘donkey orchids’ for their tall, donkey ear-like petals. It is also distinguished by its spicy scent and only grows in the Riverina’s white cypress pine woodland.

“This orchid truly is one-of-a-kind, and we can’t wait to get everyone together to celebrate this local species and hear what we can all do to help secure its future.

“So, if you are looking for a fun way to help our local threatened species, come along to next week’s free morning tea,” Ms Murphy said.

The Threatened Species Day Morning Tea is on at 10 am on Thursday 7 September 2023 at the Country Women’s Association (CWA) Rooms, corner of Milthorpe and Coreen Streets, Oaklands, New South Wales.

There is no need to RSVP.

The Oaklands diuris is one of 3 species planted in Australia’s largest orchid translocation project, Wild Orchids, an initiative to save these species from extinction.  

For more information on this species, visit Oaklands diuris on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.