Commercial sales of protected plants

Tim Harvey
Fri, 21 Dec 2007 20:06:21 PST
As far as I can tell, if a plant has no phytosanitary certificate on entry into the US, it is destroyed, endangered or not.
Same goes for if the name is spelled incorrectly, and it cannot be found in some magical database.
CITES is the worst thing that ever happened to endangered plants.
If I hd my wish (and couldn't get rid of it altogether)I would make one amendment:
if a country lists a species on appendix I, within five years it must have propagated and made available plants or seed to interested parties.
There are too many examples of plants being 'kept' in a country with no attempt to propagate or preserve it in situ.
 T> > There is a thick book of regulations that inspectors check before > issuing phytosanitary certificates. They must consult international > regulations as well as the regulations of the country to which the > plant is going.> > This is not done on the basis of "type of plant" or even genus. For > instance, not all cacti are protected, and the level of protection > varies even for the ones that are protected. Included in my last > importation of plants from the U.S. was a Euphorbia. This is a huge > family, spread across the whole world, I think, and includes a few > species on one of the CITES schedules, a lot of perfectly OK but > unprotected species commonly grown in gardens, and some weeds that I > am constantly battling. I could see the eyes of the U.S. inspector > light up when he saw "Euphorbia" on my list. He would not accept my > word that this was a commonly-grown species, but had to search his > book of regs himself before writing out a certificate.> > CITES protection is to regulate trade in endangered plants and > animals. There is no "search and destroy" mission for plants growing > within countries. Instead, cute well-trained beagles patrol U.S. > airports, sniffing at passengers and their luggage. Some can smell > drugs, some money, some ham sandwiches, and some plants.> > > Diane Whitehead> > > _______________________________________________> pbs mailing list>>>

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