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Orchid saved May 2009
About 140 plants are left in situ in two habiitat spots. One
habitat was up for development but is now up for
the Dunmoochin Foundation
Arachnorchis (Caladenia) pumila - Back from Extinction
The plant is Arachnorchis
) and it has been rediscovered by a Victorian couple
in the south west of the state. Read
Alan Stephenson's full story and see a spetacular picture of this
rediscovered orchid thought to be extinct.
A terrestrial orchid species thought to be extinct in Tasmania has
recently been rediscovered.
Heriitage Estate (and Nebraska
, and Speculantha
Fiona Stanley Hospital Terestrial Orchid Site
Western Australian Government’s Environment Protection Authority wished
to preserve some of the native vegetation for replanting on the site
once the hospital was completed.
Wetland Ecological Reserve
Soliciting donations to build a boardwalk and interpretive trail
Orchids of Crete and
The Greek island of Crete is botanically very rich, with a wide variety
of habitats and a high level of endemism (approx.9%). However,
conservation both of habitats and species has a low priority,
especially in the current economic climate.
Jardìn Botànico Las Orquìdeas
Orchid and Botanical Garden of the Ecuadorian Amazon
Owner Omar Tello and his wife began restoring the land by
planting trees, but they soon discovered that the land would not permit
trees to grow, as the soil was extremely sandy and lacking in
nutrients, characteristic of much of the Amazon basin. However, using
organic materials such as chicken manure and sawdust, soil conditions
improved and native plants began to grow. Over the years, Omar began to
collect orchids from logged forests in the region and transplanted them
to the reserve.
Jardìn Botànico Las Orquìdeas
Request for donations to buy land for reforestation and as a wildlife
Challenges of Ex situ Orchid Conservation
What the words “ex situ orchid conservation” bring to the minds for
most of us is the growing of orchid species plants in cultivation. It
can also mean the gathering and saving of orchid seeds, and DNA. One
goal of ex situ orchid conservation is to save a species ex situ as it
disappears in situ. A further, though unrealistic goal for many
species, is to reintroduce the species back into the wild.
When I bought our 80-acre farm (now 118 acre) eight years ago, orchids
were not on my mind. I wanted woods to provide enough oak to warm our
house during the winter and tillable land to start a nativeplant-seed
nursery. I thought orchids were plants of unspoiled wilderness, not of
old farms with overgrazed pasture, prickly ash and corn stubble.
Wisconsin's natural communities provide habitat for approximately 50
native orchid species and over 600 state natural areas where many
orchid species are found. I am involved with a small group of native
orchid enthusiasts, Friends of Carney Fen, who uses several methods of
orchid conservation including preservation, propagation and restoration
of habitat locally and in the nearby Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Ronde Overlook Wildflower Institute Serving Ecological Restoration
La Grande, Oregon
The GROWISER native plant preserve was originally founded in 1993 as a
non-profit corporation to preserve a pristine 160 acre site in
northeastern Oregon. Included among the 190 native plants on the
preserve, are nine orchids. It is hoped that the GROWISER model will be
used to establish many more orchid preserves.
orchids for conservation in West Virginia
Julie Powelson, an undergraduate biology major from Shinnston, WV who
is working under the supervision of Dr. Katharine Gregg, Professor of
Biology, West Virginia Wesleyan College, has recently become involved
in several orchid field projects.
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