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Swarts, ND and Dixon, KW, Orchids, Jewel in the Crown of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot, Kwongan Foundation and the Western Australian Naturalists' Club Inc, H Lambers (ed), Australia, pp. 219-226. ISBN 978-0-9806417-4-5 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]


The Orchidaceae is the most diverse of all plant families, and with incredible variety in floral form and function, orchids have captured the imagination of countless generations. Orchids have intricate and often obligate partnerships with other organisms above and below ground, making them the subject of considerable scientific enquiry for almost 200 years. Whilst many species are common and widespread, orchids, more than any other plant family, are over-represented on threatened species lists globally. Their complex environmental interactions together with recent anthropogenic changes have seen the extinction risk for many species increase dramatically, as well as efforts for their conservation. In this chapter, we explore the richness and diversity of orchid biology and ecology, linking the science to conservation, as some orchids within the proposed Yule Brook Regional Park are among the most endangered of all Australian plant species.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:orchids, biodiversity hotspot
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Swarts, ND (Dr Nigel Swarts)
ID Code:142770
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2021-02-11
Last Modified:2021-03-15

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