Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Rare slipper orchid species found in Viet Nam

The Vietnam News Agency reported yesterday that three species of Paphiopedilum "have recently been identified in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in central Quang Binh province." The short article does not give much information on exact species, but states that the plants have "been listed in the World Conservation Union Red List of threatened species." The article also states that the "slipper orchids were first found in central coastal Khanh Hoa province in 1922 but populations were quickly exhausted. They were discovered again in 1996 in Khanh Hoa province and northern mountainous Cao Bang province. Later they were believed to be extinct due to severe hunting."


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