Thursday, March 20, 2008

Burmese orchid species now extinct --

http://www.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=11034

Very soon we will have nothing left but blaring purple Thai hybrids.

"Wardii" are those orchid and other species discovered by famous botanist Frank Kingdom (sp?) Ward.

Among his most famous discoveries were the beautiful tree Amhearstia (one used to grow near the Convocation Hall in Rangoon University), a rhododendron from the north and the famous blue poppy Meconopsis.

"For in the end, we will save only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." Senegal.