In Defense of Plants

defenseShow your support and purchase these beautiful In Defense of Plants decals! These 4″x4″ stickers are waterproof and printed using soy based inks. The best part of this purchase is that 20% goes to the North American Orchid Conservation Center. Each sticker purchased will help NAOCC’s effort to preserve native orchids in the United States and Canada.

“Plants provide the ultimate power base for all the food and energy chains and webs that hold our natural world together, they also form the hubs of community structure and thus the centers of our focus.”- John Eastman

Hal Horwitz July 6, 2015

Hal Horwitz, PhotographerWe are saddened by the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Hal Horwitz.

Hal and his wife, Helen, enjoyed a rich and active life, sharing their passion for orchids as they travelled from Florida to Newfoundland to Alaska capturing their beauty on film.

Hal was an early champion of NAOCC and supported our efforts in many meaningful ways. He was instrumental in creating opportunities for us to tell the NAOCC story and established many of the contacts that continue to support our conservation efforts on the web. Our initial Gallery featured his photography and his images form the banner on the opening page of the NAOCC site. The stunning Yellow Lady’s Slipper, an image Hal was especially proud of, has become synonymous with the Go Orchids web site. Hal envisioned a field guide on native orchids and was working with us to develop the guide as a companion to Go Orchids. We intend to honor his dream and complete this mission.

Hal freely shared his knowledge, taught many, and worked with many others to capture the essence of native plants, especially orchids.

We will miss his passion for life, and extend our condolences to his family and friends. You can read about his life and family here:

Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty

sg-orchids2015Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden opened the 20th annual orchid exhibition, “Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty,” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Jan. 24. The exhibition explores the connections between botany, horticulture and technology and examines how new ideas and inventions change the way people study, protect and enjoy orchids. Hundreds of living specimens from the renowned Smithsonian Gardens’ Orchid Collection and the U.S. Botanic Garden will be on display through April 26. Learn more…

Ghost Orchid video

js_stagesThis video, created by photographer Jay Staton, shows the flower development of the Ghost Orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii, from spike to the seed pod dehiscing.

Ladder in tow, Jay made over 30 trips into the swamp at Fakahatchee Strand. The first stage was taken in February, when many plants start sending out a flower spike. He returned almost every week, setting up the ladder and camera in the exact position, to capture the new growth. 14 months later, after the last stage was captured, Jay combined the images in Photoshop to produce this video. From beginning to end, the process took over 500 man-hours to complete! Learn more about Jay and his photography here.


Grande Ronde Native Plant Reserve

Screenshot 2014-05-15 12.38.14In 1993, former Eastern Oregon University agronomist Andy Huber began acquiring land in the Grande Ronde Valley to create a non-profit native plant reserve. Along with restoring the land and propagating native seeds, Andy’s site is also the only US site where Mountain Lady’s Slipper orchids are grown from seed. Take a virtual tour of this native plant reserve and see three native orchids in bloom.

Native Orchids Need Their Pollinators

2014 Poster

orchid_posterThe Pollinator Partnership is the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. This year the Pollinator Partnership has chosen “Native Orchids Need Their Pollinators” as the theme for their poster. To order your poster or learn more about the important role of pollinators, and the dangers they face, visit the Native Orchid Pollinator site.

New orchid described

Shriver’s Frilly Orchid (Platanthera shriveri)

platanthera-shriveri-fl-bwilson-1A recently described orchid of possible hybrid origin between Platanthera grandiflora and Platanthera lacera as parents. Field observations and examination of herbarium records indicate this orchid may be endemic to the Appalachian region with a historical range from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Recently this species has been reported in western Maryland. To learn more

Orchid Conservation Coalition

occThe Orchid Conservation Coalition (OCC) is a network of people, societies, and businesses dedicated to raising awareness for orchid conservation. Their program, 1% For Orchid Conservation, encourages orchid societies and businesses to commit 1% of their net revenue towards their choice of orchid conservation projects. NAOCC is pleased to join this coalition and supports this type of networking that promotes active engagement towards the goal of orchid conservation.