Tecophilaea Cyanocrocus

Tim Harvey zigur@hotmail.com
Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:56:42 PDT
I hate to think what would have happened had this species ever made it to one of the CITES appendices. Fortunately it did not and has not, so, ironically, its survival is far more likely than would otherwise have been the case.

> I've pointed out before to several people on this list, what I think is a great recent example of what could be done with many other species. When the new species Clivia mirabilis was unexpectedly discovered in a region of South Africa that no one expected in the early 2000s, the plant authorities in that country knew that the entire population possibly could have been collected if efforts to protect it weren't quickly implemented. So they placed the area it was found in under protection and there were already laws being passed in that country to protect all of the native flora. But places like Kirstenbosch realized that despite all that, it would be even better if all the people who wanted it could somehow get it. Which would greatly ease the pressure for poaching to occur. So they collected a large number of seeds legally, announced to the world that they were doing so, and that after they had grown the seedlings for a couple of years, anyone could purchase one or more (u
 p to a limit of 4 I think it was), at a completely reasonable price.  		 	   		  

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