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Dendrobium farmeri

This is a discussion on Dendrobium farmeri within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; 2 of my Den farmeri are blooming.The first is from a plant collected some years ...

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    2 of my Den farmeri are blooming.The first is from a plant collected some years ago from the jungle in Nami which is about 40 miles from where I live. At the moment 3 spikes are blooming and there are a few more spikes emerging but the sudden hot dry spell may cause them to abort.The flowers are a very delicate pink with a deep yellow centre.The flowers have very good form too.The other plant is from Thailand and is white with the yellow centre and the form is rather open.
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    The flowers look so delicate!

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    Very beautiful but I think we should leave plants in the wild where they belong and not take them home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orquiadicto View Post
    Very beautiful but I think we should leave plants in the wild where they belong and not take them home.
    Thanks for your comments.BTW I am not a commercial orchid collector nor one who rapes the environment for commercial gain. During my lifetime I have seen literally, thousands of orchids in the wild and have ever only collected less than 20 - and these too were from cut trees in logged areas or from areas cleared for development.This particular farmeri was collected more than a quarter of a century ago from a hillock growing on a huge boulder exposed to full sun- there was a big, thriving colony of farmeri there and I took only this one. I think I did not decimate the colony nor threaten the survival of these plants by my action. Some years later the area around here was developed for 'eco-tourism'. I visited the area again after the tourism project and found the particular farmeri area had been turned into into a rest and picnic spot for trekkers and climbers. The farmeri colony had completely disappeared. I have not visited the area again and the hotel has closed down and hopefully nature will reclaim its lost charm. Another area around the same vicinity,but in the lowlands, had a huge colony of Pectelis susannae but alas the whole area has been turned into a housing area and the Pectelis can no longer be seen there. I can quote numerous other instances but suffice to say responsible collecting of plant specimens will ensure that future generations will still get to see and enjoy these plants even when their original homes have disappeared.

    I have always wondered where we hobbyists would be if not for the early collectors of wild plants, who travelled to the far corners of the world to search for them.We feel very comfortable buying species that are 'man-made' but conveniently forget the originals had to be wild collected first. Hybrids too had to begin life from plants collected from the wild. I may sound like a Philistine but I really admire the foresight of collectors and breeders in Thailand who went around collecting different varieties of Rhy gigantea and line-bred them to give us the gorgeous varieties we have today.
    For those of us who live in the developed countries it is very easy to pass judgement on 'progress' in less developed countries re protection of the environment and 'endangered' species of fauna and flora.We like to fly in, tour around in air-con vehicles if possible, see wild plants and animals in their 'natural' surroundings and maybe even see natives in their costumes in model villages.

    Sorry for my ranting and my skewed view on 'progress', but I believe that one blind species of fish should not stop a dam from being built to bring irrigation to a parched land where thousands of people die of starvation every year for lack of water. I also believe that if someone had taken home Dodos and bred them we wouldn't have a phrase ' Dead as a dodo'.

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    Isnt that pink farmeri delightful.

    As for collectors, there is many for and against things. When greed is incorporated it can lead to decimation. Collecting must be sustainable, but how do you manage that fine line.
    Our local indigenous used to eat the Den. Caniliculatum, and today there is still no shortage. They lived a sustainable life.
    Yet early collectors of certain types of Paphs amongst others, decimated wild collections to the point of extinction for greed.
    The hobbyist probably kills as many plants as growing them so not sure if that is sustainable either. Hence CITES at an international level.

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    with modern techniques of meristem cloning i doubt 'orchid collecters' are the primary danger to most wild orchids anymore. i'm sure there are many locals that collect and sell them, but these days development is completely destroying acres at a time, and once the habitat is damaged they cannot repopulate so easily. at the rate some places are going, i think we may be better off with people making sure these orchids are not lost to us all.

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    Agree, climate changes, habitat loss in forms of felling of trees for "development" and even loss of pollinators in the habitat need to be accounted from an conservation perspective.

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    I always love seeing your Dendrobium farmeri in bloom. I really love the slight pink color but admire the pure white ones too. Great growing Yew Sung!

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    Beautiful. Hope can have this one

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