Saturday, June 25, 2005

Black market orchid theft

The Independent (Online Edition) reported today that 12 southern marsh orchids (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) were stolen from a bog on the Wirral peninsula (situated in the north west of England, surrounded on three sides by the Irish Sea and the Rivers Dee and Mersey) in Clatterbridge, England. The article also mentions that "a two-inch high bog orchid, believed to be worth up to £5,000," was stolen earlier "from a secret site in a Norfolk nature reserve by wild flower dealers." Apparently "Norfolk is considered a hotspot for plant thefts.". The end of the article includes a list of plant species that attract thieves, including two species of orchids, southern marsh orchid, and lady's slipper.


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