Tecophilaea Cyanocrocus

Carlo A. Balistrieri carlobal@netzero.com
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:04:19 PDT
Harold's right...and THEN there are all those listed solely because  
they look like the individual species for which protection would be  
helpful (a corm is a corm is a corm...).

On Sep 4, 2011, at 9:10 PM, Harold Koopowitz wrote:

> Alberto:
> I have not forgotten. I was the one who invited Read and Campbell to
> the meeting in the first place. However, the fact that some plants
> are on CITES has very little to do with actual levels of threat. It
> has more to do with "do-gooders" who actually did not really
> appreciate what they were doing when plant groups were placed on
> CITES. If you read my book "Orchids and their Conservation" you will
> understand where I am coming from. Not all species of cyclamen are
> threatened. Some are very widespread and weedy - take C. graecum for  
> example.
> This does not mean that some plants are not truly endangered but the
> species endangered by trade is a minuscule percentage compared to
> those endangered by other activities.
> Harold

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