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Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:06:34 PDT
You obviously have not grown some of the rare orchid species. Look through  
some Catalogs and you will see prices in the thousands of dollars for a 
single  plant. There will always be a demand for the rare and exotic.Growers 
spend a lot  of money looking for plants their customers want and they are not 
in business to  give things away. It takes time and money to grow many 
plants. Plus there are  plant fanatics that will pay anything for something they 
want. Some plants can  be grown cheaply and those plants will have the 
widest distribution. Many plants  are slow or poor growers and you will see that 
reflected in the price of that  plant . It has been that way for a very 
long time.
In a message dated 4/5/2013 6:54:06 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:


Obtaining rare plants has little to do with money and  everything to do with
intent and perseverance. As an example, there are  tens of thousands of
species (and hybrids and cultivars) that do not appear  as photos of live
plants in a google search. That could be one arbitrary  definition of rare.
If one were to try to obtain any of those plants it  might involve
considerable effort and time but that effort and time could  be expedited
with money.

Whether any good is done in preserving or  conserving any plant in
cultivation depends on how you look at it. From a  human standpoint it is
desirable to grow plants for many reasons, including  aesthetic ones. But
with very rare and mostly fleeting exceptions, having  endangered or
threatened species in our care has little or no meaning in  terms of 
conservation*-- we do not have adequate sampling of  any population's gene
pool, nor pollinators, mycorrhizal associates,  ecotones, etc. What we have
by way of rare species in our care, especially  if they are of known wild
origin and propagated and distributed widely, is  decidedly an *
anthropocentric* undertaking. Saving wild areas and the  plants in them is
equally important, perhaps more important, but it is  something very
different and far removed from  horticulture.

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