Orchids Are in Peril

Check out a colorful infographic explaining how taking plants from the wild endangers orchid survival. Many rare species are openly sold online despite conservation laws. But with limited resources, almost no money is spent to stop it. That same topic is being addressed in light of a recent London conference on the illegal wildlife trade, which didn’t even have endangered plants on its agenda. With so many urgent conservation priorities, even the prettiest orchid can’t compete with a cute panda or koala. Researchers need to study the illegal trade to best understand how to combat it. Convincing people to take plants more seriously will have to be part of the process.

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