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Old 15-10-2008, 07:39 PM posted to rec.gardens.orchids
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Default Arachnorchis (Caladenia) rosella Conservation Effort

There are only about 140 known Arachnorchis (Caladenia) rosella in the
wild. They are found in two areas in the world near Melbourne,
Australia. One of those habitats was slated for development. The
conditions on the developer have proved too great for him to meet and
he is in the process of selling the block of land. Local residents,
the Dunmoochin Foundation and the Trust for Nature have expressed
interest in purchasing the land. Subsequently, there is a proposal to
form a consortium of people and groups to purchase the land. Even
with all the pooled resources, there is not enough money to make the
purchase and mange the plants. We are dedicated to save this special
wild orchid species, but we need financial help. Both the Trust for
Nature http://www.trustfornature.org.au/ and the Dunmoochin
Foundation http://www.dunmoochin.org/ are charitable trusts. You can
contact either one.

Cam Beardsell is a very strong advocate for this beautiful species.
Over the past 25 years, Cam has been the lone caretaker of this
precious orchid. He has protected most of the plants from the
Cloughs' and rabbits' diets. The weeds that appear near the plants
have been meticulously removed by hand. To read and explore more about
Arachnorchis (Caladenia) rosellaand the people trying to save it visit
http://www.orchidconservationcoaliti.../arosella.html

The Orchid Conservation Coalition (OCC) http://www.orchidconservationcoalition.org/
is a grassroots organization made up of people, orchid societies, and
orchid businesses dedicated to raising awareness and money for orchid
conservation

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