Photo from the collection of J.
The notion of imported plants has undergone an
evolution in the last
25 years. In the past we meant importing "wild plants",
but from the seventies on also for the cultivated species from Southern
California in the U.S.A.
Whatever you may think about the CITES-law, it is an attempt to keep the
plants on the spots in nature where they belong. As righteous lover of
plants you'll support it for 100 percent. This law services mainly to keep
potent (money wise) collectors from their malevolence to possess
something, others don't have. If accusations are going to be made we have
to include also the "end user" the collector. In present
milieu consciousness era, should the possession of a "wild
plant", be interdicted. Unfortunately that will take some time to realize.
However we should not have the illusion to have saved the natural
habitats. The expansion of the population and the economical growth in the
third world countries take its toll. By improvement of the local
infrastructure and creations of industrial compounds and large
agricultural projects, is reducing fast the number of locations and the
amount of species per location.
In our point of view there is justification whatever to own a 'wild'
Discocactus not even for scientific purposes. A number of seeds
from the location is enough to find out everything about the growth,
behavior and habits of the species. All the specifications are genetically
anchored in the seed. Cultivating plants out of seed under the same climatologically
conditions -greenhouse culture- gives most likely
more insight between the relations of species then observations on
location where the fenotypical differences could vary a lot.
Another important phenomenon is that plants conditions from the
southern region degrade strongly here. Logical as their climatic
environment degrades. The plants looks changes, and over a couple of years -if
he has not disappeared in the garbage can before-, the newly grown shall
look quiet differently. You own a plant with a "Brazilian stem and an
After many years of experience with imported plants rest us a simple
conclusion: Cultivate from seed to full grown plant. An overwhelming proof
shows that with 'green fingers ' true jewels can be cultivated which could
bloom after a few years. Hopefully owning a "wild" plant becomes
more a disgrace then to take pride in, and the plant would not last long.
Learning to deal correctly with plants is many times more valuable then