Kiandra Leek Orchid - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Prasophyllum retroflexum
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 22 Aug 2018


Prasophyllum is a genus of relatively inconspicuous ground orchids with single clustered spikes of small flowers which may be white, green or reddish and that are non-resupinate (i.e. ‘upside down’ relative to most other orchids) and a single tubular, not flat, leaf. This leaf distinguishes them from the very similar midge orchid genus (Genoplesium), which has recently been created by splitting Prasophyllum. Kiandra Leek Orchid (formerly P. morganii) flowers open very widely and are green with deep purple stripes and blotches, or they may be completely purple. They are sweet-smelling and are arranged densely in a single spike of up to 80 flowers. The single hollow leaf is up to 30 cm tall.


All populations are thought to occur within Kosciuszko NP (in the Long Plain, Kiandra, Tantangara area).

Habitat and ecology

  • The species occurs in subalpine grasslands and woodlands.
  • Flowering has been recorded between October and December.
  • Flowers are followed by a fleshy seed capsule.
  • Plants retreat into subterranean tubers after fruiting, so are not visible above-ground.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known Kosciuszko National Park