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BBC Nature - Invasion of the Orchid Snatchers

27 Oct 2012 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12774613

Excerpt of article (with video)

"Ruthless hunters track their prey around the globe, snatching stunning individuals from their homes before they can even be named. The beauties only surface in the shadiest of nurseries and high prices for their lives are agreed under the counter by hungry-eyed collectors.

This is not the plot from a harrowing tale of people smuggling but the fate of rare and highly prized orchids. The plants have inspired frenzied collection since the 18th century with their lustrous blooms and incredible variety. Now, scientists say the illegal collection of orchids is pushing species to the edge of extinction, with dire consequences for biodiversity."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12774613
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