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 Carlo A. Balistrieri Head of Horticulture Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Road West Burlington, ON Canada L7T 4H4 (905) 527 1158 ext. 539 (905) 577 0375 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.