Cliffhanging Orchids and People

Monday, May 31, 2010

By Hong Liu PhD.

We shifted our gear to do a population census of selected orchids in Yachang yesterday. We recorded survival status and sizes of plants that I tagged two years ago. To find the randomly established census plots are trekking up and down some steep slopes and cliffs with the target orchid species.  These data will allow me to assess the initial impacts of the once-in-one-hundred-year drought the region suffered earlier this year. Jennifer and Hillary have been a great help in this effort. Even though rock-climbing is not the cup of the tea for some of us, I found it thrilling to be able to work on cliff faces that are full of beautiful blooming orchids.  

Jennifer Possley

Jennifer Possley takes measurements of a slipper orchid.

Plant Tag

Orchids like this Kingidium braceanum are tagged and monitored biannually.