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The Wheatbelt Orchid Rescue (WOR) project is a Lotterywest funded collaboration between the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia, the West Australian Native Orchid Study and Conservation Group (WANOSCG), the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and the Friends of Kings Park (FoKP). This project is helping to conserve endangered orchids in the wheatbelt by obtaining knowledge required for sustainable management and directly contributing to recovery actions. The WOR project also aims to promote collaboration between community groups, government agencies and universities, and to raise public awareness of threats to biodiversity in Western Australia. Five species of Declared Rare Flora are the main focus of the WOR project (Figs 1-5); the granite spider, ballerina, william’s spider, lonely hammer and underground orchids (Caladenia graniticola, C. melanema, C. williamsiae, Drakaea isolata and Rhizanthella gardneri). Key threats to these orchids include very small habitat areas, small populations and salinity.

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