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The orchid whisperers: Rare blooms find an urban perch
by Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Staff Writer

The Christian Science Monitor    Translate This Article
14 February 2019

On 14 February 2019 The Christian Science Monitor reported: Encyclia tampensis orchids once flourished unaided in South Florida. Today, they are extremely rare in the wild, due to shrinking habitat and rampant exploitation in the orchid trade of decades past. But conservationists are working to restore populations of native orchids to the region. ... The Million Orchid Project, as it is called, is part of a broader push to reintegrate native plants into urban environments. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... When native plants are reintroduced, other organisms return as well, sometimes even creatures that had been feared lost. The reintroduction of the coontie plant to South Florida, for instance, resulted in the reappearance of the Atala butterfly, which had been thought extinct.

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