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Prasophyllum bagoense - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Prasophyllum bagoense
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 30 May 2014
Profile last updated: 18 Oct 2022


Bago Leek Orchid was first collected in 2000. It is a tuberous ground orchid that grows singly or in loose groups. Plants have a single, erect, tubular leaf, 20 to 35 cm long and 3 to 4 mm wide. The flower spike is 5 to 9 cm long and bears 15 to 30 flowers that are densely arranged up the spike. The flowers are 8 to 11 mm across and pale tawny-green. They open very widely and are fragrant and stalkless.


Currently known from a single population on land covered by a Crown Lease on State Forest near Tumbarumba on the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The species occurs over about 12 ha of sub-alpine grassy plain and wetland at an elevation of about 1100 m. Its distribution may extend into adjacent woodlands. Recent annual surveys suggest that the number of individuals emerging at the site may fluctuate seasonally, with counts ranging from about 20 to 80 in the flowering seasons of 2000 and 2003.

Habitat and ecology

  • Bago Leek Orchid is a tuberous ground orchid with leaves that normally regenerate from underground tubers each year in spring.
  • Found in grassy, low heathland dominated by Poa clivicola, Epacris gunnii and E. celata on a subalpine plain bordered by Snow Gum and Mountain Gum.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known None