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Wild collected orchids sold in Puerto Rico

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Raven, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    Hello all,

    I just found that somebody from Puerto Rico sells wild collected Lepanthes and something Oncidium-related (Tolumnia?) on Ebay.
    here is the link.
    Miniature Orchid: Wild Species. Unidentified. Adult/Flowering Size. | eBay

    That SHOULD NOT be tolerated. I'm going to report it to Ebay, but I really want the Federal Government to investigate this case as well. Should I contact the USDA?
     
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  3. Raven

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    I always thought it was illegal to collect all orchid species in the US.
    I need to double check it then.
    Anyway, the movement of wild collected plants from one state/territory to another is illegal according to the USDA-APHIS since it might introduce new pest species.
     
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    I didn't know it. Interstate movement of plant pathogens, noxious weeds, soil may be federally regulated. Also ESA (endangered species act) protected plants like Sarracenia jonesii is also regulated (you can't sell across the state line, but you can give it as a gift). But I didn't know there is APHIS regulation about wild-collected plants. Do you have a link to this info (I'm just curious).