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Finally, the queen Dendtrobium victoriae-reginae

This is a discussion on Finally, the queen Dendtrobium victoriae-reginae within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I hate to hear of any loss of habitat that can be avoided. But having ...

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    I hate to hear of any loss of habitat that can be avoided. But having been subjected to some tree-hugger induced laws in No Cal, I have to say that a balance must be struck... Would we be upset if a new, desparately needed road or other construction wiped out a hillside of California Poppies? No - they are just valuless local plants (nearly weeds) to us. The road is much more important to those people than the plants.

    People who go to collect for personal gain - those people I think should be SHOT!

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    Several years ago I went to Michigan and helped a friend remove 100s of Cypripedium acaule (with permits) . They were in the way of an apartment complex and roads (gag) .
    The area was beautiful , ferns 6 foot tall , huge pine trees , Bogs with Jack in the Pulpits , Native Iris . A flowing river branch , all kinds of wildflowers . What a waste . The sad part is it was out in the country not in a populated area, Would of hugged it if I could of .Gin

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    superb color!

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    Thank you, you gals for chipping in with opinions! I really like that. From these stories, it is clear that we could do much better, maintaining nature while balancing economic development. When I was visiting Sweden last year, I noticed how good public transportation was and was mazed by the numbers of people bicycling to work even though the weather outside was freezing cold! Through bicycling to work like that, you can't really live too far from where you study and work hence no need to have sprawling home divisions like we have here in Southern Cal or in the middle of nowhere like Gin's aforementioned place.
    I think the problem with developing country with this regard is that they are kind of stuck in a vicious cycle. If they don't pursue economic development then they will be in great trouble, on the other hand, pursuing economic development surely will bring about environment destruction. Not exactly a win-win situation. Solutions, of course there are but this is the forum for orchid appreciation!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Orchid conservation is a complicated issue. Different people with different interests have their own way of looking at things.

    If we want the future generation to still see many plants that we have now...then better if the stakeholders will respect each other's culture, laws and address environmental, socio-economic and historical ties. There are many areas with indigenous people who actually have the domain over the forest ( ancestral rights) but do not benefit from the plants because they are exploited by others.

    Koopowitz book will be a good reading as well as Eric Hansen's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoa Tony Nguyen
    The speaker at our orchid society's meeting last night talked about orchids of Borneo and he painted a pretty bleak pictures for orchids in the wild in developing countries. And this was what he saw. While paph sanderianum plants fetch many thousands of US dollars for a single plant (the record I know is US$20,000 for a blooming size division!), a careless road opening/airstrip building exposed a cliff and bulldozed it over, resulting in thousands, yes "THOUSANDS" of Paph. sanderianum plants being uprooted and laid dying under the scorching sun! And no body seemed to care! What a tragedy!
    Same story everywhere in this world!

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    I have read so much differing information about this orchid. When I first got the orchid it bloomed with 20+ blooms but I have been unable to get it do put on that type of show again. Since you obviously know what you're doing with these (unbelievable pics!!!) how do you do it? I mist it twice a day feed about once a week and have it about a foot from flourescent plant bulbs. Do they need a lot of light? Do they need a dry rest(I have read that they do at one source but that they don't in another)? Any help would be appreciated!!!

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    Thanks for showing us!!

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    Hi Botanical, and welcome! I recently posted a shot of one I saw in a nursery, but I haven't grown them - I'll let the experts advise you!

    Julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Hi Botanical, and welcome! I recently posted a shot of one I saw in a nursery, but I haven't grown them - I'll let the experts advise you!

    Julie
    so you wnt me on this one as well Julie.


    dendrobium victoriae-reginae does like a cool dry winter rest and will take temps down to atleast -1degrees Celceius (mine has had that twice this winter) and heres a link

    http://www.orchidspecies.com/denvictoriareginae.htm

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