Featured — Atlanta Botanical Garden Orchid Conservation

  • Florida – 1916

    Florida - 1916 ©John Kunkel Small, State Archives of Florida

    At the turn of the last century, an era of exploitation led to the demise of many of Florida’s most charismatic orchid species. Some orchids fell prey to over-collection and just disappeared in south Florida, while others suffered from loss of habitat as lands were drained and canopy trees were logged for timber.
    Photo ©John Kunkel Small, State Archives of Florida

  • Cigar Orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum)

    Cigar Orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum) ©James T. Johnson

    Populations of the Cigar Orchid were decimated in Florida through the loss of habitat and harvesting by collectors. A project to restore this orchid within the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park began in 2007 as a partnership between Atlanta Botanical Garden and Florida Department of Recreation and Parks. In the 1940s, this preserve was aggressively logged and the loss of habitat reduced numbers of the Cigar Orchid to fewer than 20 individuals at the start of the project.
    Photo ©James T. Johnson