Wild orchids on brink of extinction, warns expert

Sheridan Mahavera

Orchid species yet to be identified by scientists risk being wiped out if the implementation of policies to protect flora and fauna remains lax. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, July 22, 2020.

THE country’s wild orchids could disappear in five to 10 years if the rate at which they are harvested continues, said a forestry expert.

Dr Ruth Kiew of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia told The Malaysian Insight that rare varieties of these scientifically important plants are being harvested for sale to collectors, often on online platforms.

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