G. robertsoniae and sustainable seed collecting

Tim Harvey zigur@hotmail.com
Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:41:07 PST

If I were in charge, as soon as a species made it to CITES Appendix I, propagation and international distribution by the local authorities would be mandatory.

> To me, a perfect example of this is when Kirstenbosch did this after Clivia mirabilis was first discovered. They collected a bunch of seed, germinated it, and then announced to the world that small plants would be made available to anyone around the world who wanted a few. They were priced extremely reasonably (especially compared to prices I've seen recently), and I believe they successfully reduced the pressure for orchid-thief-type collectors to possibly have poached them into extinction in the wild.

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