Ltd., we endeavor to raise awareness of the ongoing loss of natural
habitat around the world by offering seed grown species that originate from
domestic culture. Ex-situ conservation and propagation are a way of protecting
an endangered species by growing it in a safe location - away from its
native environment. It can also help take pressure off the native populations
by reducing collecting. Our passion and efforts are directed to the Angraecoid
alliance, orchids primarily from Africa and Madagascar. See our offerings
for more information.
From the Artist:
When we started growing orchids, I possessed the wonderful habit of drawing and painting each one as it came into bloom. At that point, we had lots of time and not much money. We could afford only seedling plants and our collection was mostly foliage. I waited anxiously as plants grew and buds developed. Now, we dont seem to have much time or money! We always have blooming plants, but I rarely set aside the time to draw or paint them anymore. I made an exception when it came to launching this site.
I have always been fascinated at the complexity with which orchids and their pollinators have evolved. It really stretches the imagination! My favorite plant/pollinator combination is that between Angraecum sesquipedale and the moth Xanthopan morgani praedicta. Of course it doesnt hurt when the plant and pollinator were the subject of Charles Darwin as he was worked on his book On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects.
Ive read MANY different versions of the Darwin story, but I like the one put forth in Fred Hillermans book An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar.
Darwin experimented with a cylinder and a flower to show how this could indeed work with the right pollinator and said: The pollinia would not be withdrawn until some huge moth, with a wonderfully long proboscis, tried to drain the last drop. It was not until 1903, some 21 years after Darwins death that the moth Xanthopan morgani praedicta was found and named on Madagascar. Praedicta means the predicted. Darwin also predicted, If such great moths were to become extinct in Madagascar, assuredly the Angraecum would become extinct.
Lets hope his last prediction does not come true.
and orchid lover