The glass slipper of the greenhouse: what is the cost of the orchid trade?

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By |2024-04-08T11:25:20+00:00May 5th, 2022|Asian Species, Captive Breeding, Orchid Specialist Group, Plants, Southeast Asia|Comments Off on The glass slipper of the greenhouse: what is the cost of the orchid trade?

The protection of endangered plants is often overlooked in the world of conservation. But not only is the conservation of plant species vital for overall ecosystem survival, there are also specific threats facing plant species which need to be tackled and protecting them is a far more fascinating endeavour than you might expect. Anna Heath describes the evolutionary tricks which make orchids so striking and how the orchid trade is threatening the future of a particularly rare group: the slipper orchids.