Saving Endangered Plants

Dennis Kramb
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:15:53 PDT
I don't understand (I haven't learned) the laws restricting plant
trade for rare species.

I'm so sad that I can't re-acquire plants of Boltonia decurrens which
grew beautifully in my garden 6 to 12 years ago... because of laws
"protecting" it.  Yet I can get plants of Iliamna remota, which is
also protected.  Say what?  Both of these are native Illinois
wildflowers which are quite well suited to my climate in SW Ohio.

I enjoy carnivorous plants too.  And I see CP lovers going to great
lengths to preserve the gene pool of rare Sarracenia by distributing
them to other die-hard CP lovers, trading pollen, trading seed, etc.
And especially with S. oreophila, which I think is the most endangered
of the genus.

It seems sensible to me that nursery propagated (and home-garden
propagated) material should be allowed to be distributed to other
growers.  Some of these laws are clearly detrimental to the
preservation of the species they're trying to protect.

Dennis in Cincinnati

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