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Dominican Republic Orchid Conservation

 

 

 


Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael M. Moscoso, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The island of Hispañola is the region with the second highest level of biodiversity in the Caribbean, with more than 5,600 species of vascular plants and more than 350 species of orchids, many of which are endemic.  Many species are at risk due to indiscriminate tree felling, lack of vigilance in the scientific reserves and the poor state of the plants.

In response to these threats the botanical garden has implemented a programme of environmental education in which young students who are interested in conservation work and with private companies that are responsible for environmental degradation.

The laboratory facilities allow for the reproduction of those species that are endangered or at imminent risk of extinction.  Plants are subsequently acclimatised in the garden ready for reintroduction into the wild.

Photos: Top Left; Psychilis truncata, right; pollinating orchids. Bottom left; children pollination orchids, flasks, Dendrophylax sallei.


 
Dominican Republic Orchid Conservation