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collecting Orchids

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jai, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. jai

    jai Orchid addict

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    Just curious of opinions and where this conversation will go. Thoughts on wild caught/collected orchids?
     
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    I don't really see why anyone would go that route in this day and age. So much is available grown commercially, why contribute to extinction in wild. The only time I could see it making sense is maybe collecting a small number for stud plants for commercial growers.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    I agree with you. If anything we should help put some back in their native areas. I would like to do that some day( regenerate the populations of some species going extinct by placing back in the wild)
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I would say that the bigger issue today is not that native populations have been over-collected, although I'm quite sure that's true in many places, but that habitats are being wiped out altogether.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    In my opinion, orchids should never be collected from the wild, with a few exceptions. Exceptions I can think of are: rescue situations where the plants will be destroyed or die without collection; collection of small numbers of plants for scientific and identification purposes, under appropriate regulations and permits. Personally, I am not opposed to small scale collection of wild seed to propagate a species.

    I agree with Ray that habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Wild collection for personal or financial gain just exacerbates the dire situation.

    Some will argue that all orchids in cultivation now originated from wild collected stock. True. That was then, this is now. We now have reasonably successful seed and tissue propagation techniques and collection, with limited exceptions, should not occur.
     
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    How? Don't you live in Ohio?
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Yes I do, but they let schools and volunteers across the country get involved/help.
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Sure thing. Jai, did you ever get involved? If so how did it go?
     
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    I tried, and was declined by my school. I then tryed personally and they said it would easier if I lived near by to get involved never heard back :-( I will try again in the future.