First, Acquire Knowledge

Pollack, Cathy
April 2006
Endangered Species Update;Apr-Jun2006, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p28
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the threatened species of the eastern prairie fringed orchid due to habitat loss as listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1989. In 1999, a recovery plan was initiated which includes site protection, habitat management, seed introduction and augmentation, and research to support recovery. A research work was also carried out to identify its population genetics and the type of species that serve as its pollinators. It has been noted that the orchid needs pollination by hawkmoths for sexual reproduction. Research showed that plants with big inflorescence and exposed above the prairie canopy have the highest potential for pollinator visitation and seed production.


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