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Unfortunately these events were overtaken by the approval for the
residential development by both the state and federal governments, as
the latter approval was made public in the last days of July 2007. The
problem was obvious, as at that time five of the 25 known plants
occurred on this site.
Following the translocation in 2007 of several plants of Calochilus
pulchellus from the path of a residential development I conducted
several follow-up visits to hand water all plants to hopefully sustain
them during what is the trauma of adjustment to a new site.
superbum) is under consideration for a threatened listing.
It is known from a single site (40 plants) about 85 km (53 miles) from
Damage and loss of habitat to
Pterostylis baptistii, Plectorrhiza tridentata,
and Sarcochilus falcatus.
Prasophyllum affine The total number of P. affine over the three known
sites is 1150 with just 81 plants secure in a National Park. All others
are on private land. Very few plants of C. hunteriana are situated in
National Parks or reserves.
and Rhizanthella slateri
Severe fire on
Alum Mountain at Bulahdelah - Habitat for Cryptostylis hunteriana
and Rhizanthella slateri
Retardant effects on Orchids and Habitat
deforestation Tablas Montes area in Chapare
The picture is of the Tablas Montes area in Chapare, Bolivia, where
deforestation goes on unhindered. This particular area was severly cut
ten years ago, and in some remaining patches we found the second ever
plant of Masdevallia vasquezii, the only site for Masdevallia burianii,
and also the only known locality for Odontoglossum dracoceps.
The bulldozed area is north of Mera, central Ecuador, from an area
called Rio Anzu Reserve that is being bought and protected by the
EcoMinga Foundation. The picture was taken years ago when settlers
first started to cut their way through the virgin forest.
Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park covers a total area of 3,568 km²
(881,668.5 acres) on the southern tip of Sumatra, Indonesia stretching
from Tanggamus and West Lampung regencies in Lampung to Kaur regency in
Bengkulu. It started as a Wildlife Sancutary in 1935 becoming a
National Park in 1982.
Leuser National Park, Sumatra Gunung Leuser National Park
established in 1980 covers 7,927 km² (1,958,797 acres) in northern
Sumatra, Indonesia. The national park is part of a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. It represents a
significant natural habitat for in situ conservation because of its
large diversity of flora, fauna and ongoing ecological and biological
damaged forest, Central Sulawesi
The hillside in the foreground had been ablaze a day or two
before we arrived (it was still smouldering in places), and the
orchid-rich patch of riverine forest in the foreground gully was
severely damaged along the far edge. It was clear that every year the
same hillside got burned and the forest margin got nibbled away, one
strip at a time.
Salepi Extinction, Salepi
In the middle of Athens, outside the modern hectic Central Market on
Athinas not far from Europe’s oldest shopping mall, as well as
elsewhere in the city, are the occasional mobile carts vending salepi —
a hot, aromatic, sweet, thick drink traditionally made from the powder
of dried and pulverized orchid tubers, sugar, milk and cinnamon and
stored in big brass or copper pots.
year study on
the decline and loss of Orchids of the
Catoctin Mountains of Frederick County, Maryland, USA
A 41-year study (1968–2008) of the orchids of the Catoctin Mountains,
Frederick County, Maryland reveals that 19 of 21 species have
experienced precipitous declines. Four of these species are currently
considered Threatened or Endangered by the State of Maryland and
another two are considered Rare. Annual census data at 167 sites from
throughout the Catoctin Mountains on protected and unprotected lands
(private and public) show a loss of three species from the study area,
a decline of >90 % (ranging from 99 to 91 %) in seven species,
decline of <90 % (ranging from 51 to 87 %) for nine species.
species was analyzed using Ordinary Least Squares Analysis to show
trends and document corresponding R2 and p values. We tested the
hypothesis that this decline is due to intensified herbivory by
white-tailed deer. The overall orchid census data is significantly
inversely-correlated (R = −0.93) to the white-tailed deer harvest data
of Frederick County (a surrogate for population size), which includes
the entirety of the study area. Platanthera ciliaris showed a huge
expansion at a single site explicitly managed for this species
otherwise this orchid showed a decline similar to the other species.
Proper management is critical for the continuation of the orchid
species in this study, be it control of the white-tailed deer herd or
combating woody plant succession in the case of P. ciliaris.
candidum, Platte County, Nebraska
This location is essentially a lost cause (and it was before the road
grading activity) due to its location near development and adjacent to
a site that is to be developed. There is a housing development right
across the road from this site. Plus the site is not ideal habitat
anymore as it is overrun with smooth brome and other weedy invasives.
In the southeast corner of North Carolina there is a habitat with high
biodiversity and unique species called the Green Swamp. The Green Swamp
is one of the best remaining examples
of longleaf pine savannas, bay forests and pocosins ecosystems left.
The World Wildlife Fund has identified the Green Swamp as one of the
top ten ecoregions in North America for the number of species of plants
Published in August 2012 AOS Orchids Magazine
Former Bog now a Motorcycle /ATV pit
Mountain Fellowship Center, Fayette County, PA
Several wetlands sit on top of acidic sandstone. The wetlands consist
of ponds, bogs, and seepage meadows. Eight species of orchids have been
observed at one time or another in this area. As Mountain Fellowship
Center is open to unrestricted recreational use. It is a favorite place
for motorcycles and ATV's.
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