Rare orchids

Man-nature interaction

Despite the fact that man is in all respects an extraordinary product (to say unique would be taken for granted, every species is unique) of nature and its creative power, much or rather too often it has come into conflict with it. Moreover, it is specified, and it is very important to do so, that the contrast is created exclusively by man, because certainly nature does not react directly to human actions and “offenses”, but goes on with its own mechanisms, the same ones that have given life to what we live every day for billions of years. Let’s say that the interaction between man and nature is not always easy, and often man combines some troubles. But it is a comparison between the brilliant forces of the planet, because man has been able to make the most of his gifts to become dominant throughout the planet; unfortunately this should not affect the freedom or the life of the animals and plants that not only populate the planet earth with us, but which are part of the global ecosystem and therefore are very important gears, which if they were lost could cause that nothing works as it did before. We remember in fact that we must not be scandalized if a beautiful flower is grazed by a sheep or if a predatory animal kills its prey in a bloody way: they are all natural mechanisms, only this.


Among the many consequences of the continuous interaction between man and nature that we presented in the first paragraph, there are several that we can certainly consider positive, but there are others that unfortunately have quite negative implications. One of the latter is certainly the sad phenomenon of extinctions: over the last few decades, many beautiful animal and plant species have been stolen from the world, and very often this has been caused by man. The first thing that comes to mind when talking about this topic is the example of those animal species that have become extinct (and therefore have irremediably disappeared from life) due to the wild and unregulated hunting practiced by man; it is clear that all this has had negative effects on the number of specimens of many species, but we can say with some certainty that the main cause of the extinction of both animal and plant species is the destruction of their habitats. In fact, every living being is the result of a slow but exceptional evolution that has led them to adapt as much as possible to a habitat; at most it can vary slowly in nature, while due to the hand of man it can also change from one day to the next in a radical way and the species are destined to total death, since the mechanisms of evolution do not have such speed of adaptation.

Rare orchids

One of the most popular and widespread plants in the world is undoubtedly the Orchid; this genus makes the grace of its flowers an exceptional business card, able to attract the interest of millions and millions of people all over the globe, who are passionate about cultivation and who also like to have several specimens at home. Since the genus Orchidea includes something like two hundred thousand species (yes, you read that right, two hundred thousand), certainly among them there will be some very rare or in any case considered as such because it is less widespread in number (even if the famous “counts” is more difficult for plants typical of endangered animal species such as tigers and elephants). In fact this is true, but due to the fact that they are widespread all over the world and that depending on the species they adapt to different climates, rare orchids may be popular and overabundant in other areas. And so it happens: in Italy there is a rare orchid, the Cypripedium calceolus, which however is widespread in other areas of the Earth.

Laws and restrictions

As many of our readers will know, when we approach an endangered species (of any natural kingdom we are talking about) there are many rules, laws and restrictions to be respected, pain big problems that often lead to penalties, or with the risk of incarceration. The same is true for rare orchids, although there is more confusion in this area as they are in extinction for some countries and not for others. As regards the general lines, it is considered a very serious crime to take a rare species of nature and confine it in captivity, or in one’s own garden or private vase; among other things, this operation is ninety-nine percent unsuccessful because it would be too difficult an adaptation to bear for the specimen, destined, at best, to arrest growth, but more often to death. Well, but therefore it is not possible to have rare orchids? Absolutely yes! In fact the purchase or in any case the exchange of species ofrare orchids is totally admitted among private individuals, that is, if the specimen was born in captivity. Not surprisingly, both to raise public awareness of the protection of these species and to feed the exchange between enthusiasts, fairs and other events are often held, all dedicated to rare orchids.

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