Oklahoma Orchid Society Conservation Page.
By Dr. Michael A. Friday
The Oklahoma Orchid Society is standing up its own conservation effort. Please checkout The OOS Conservation Program presentation. Also for information on the Native Orchids of Oklahoma, checkout Presentation of Native Orchids. OOS was awarded the certificate below for its sponsorship of the Phillippines Island of Palawan reserve.
Below is a collection of miscellaneous items about orchids that have appeared in news feeds, newspapers, etc.
Click on the underlined words to go to the articles.
- From the Reuter’s news service, a short video on Australian scientists’ efforts to save a rare Caladenia orchid of which there are only two known plants: Here is a link to another Caladena orchid account of this story.
- A researcher at Kyoto Graduate School in Japan finds a new species of Gastrodia which not only doesn’t photosynthesize (like native coral roots, Corallorhiza) but always self-pollinates because the flowers never open.
- Volunteers surveying for marsh fritillary butterflies on the island of Oronsay, off the west coast of Scotland, discovered a group of the rare Irish lady’s tress, Spiranthes romannzoffiana. We have several species of Spiranthes here in Oklahoma, too, very similar in appearance. Spiranthes are found widely around the world – here is a link to a story about a different species found in Malta.
- For information on The Cyp. Restoration Report
- For information on ongoing conservation efforts http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/white-fringeless-orchid-09-12-2016.html