UCONN part of global orchid conservation

The Botanic Gardens Conservation International released “Orchids: 2017 Global Ex situ Collections Assessment”, aimed at promoting the ex-situ conservation of 59% of orchids species considered threatened in the wild.

The collection of living plants of UCONN’s Biodiversity Research Collection, is one of 37 institutions that provided detailed accessions data to this study.  In particular, given its diverse species holdings, our collection contributed to the depth of this report.  10% of the orchid species grown here at UConn are represented in 5 or fewer collections worldwide and a handful are only in cultivation here in Storrs at the present time.