OrchidMap - Orchid distribution data with your assistance



Traditionally orchid distribution data was recorded by collecting herbarium specimens. OrchidMap takes the recording of orchid distribution data into the 20th century. Anyone can now contribute to the distribution data by simply uploading photos of any orchid found in its natural habitat - together with location data - into OrchidMap. Any contributions are welcome!

This location data can then used for a multitude of applications - from Environmental Impact Assessments through to determining correlations of flowering time with climatic conditions. The data is now accessible to anyone -  from the serious researcher right through to the orchid enthusiast. 

Detail location data is securely protected and maps and locations publically accessible in OrchidMap are restricted to squares of approx. 26km x 26km. 

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Launch of Wild Orchids Southern Africa


The 21st World Orchid Conference and Exhibition in Sept. 2014 in South Africa, was the event where we launched WILD ORCHIDS SOUTHERN AFRICA. WOSA built a 200m2 Wetland Exhibit in the Sandton Convention Centre featuring a Highveld, Cape and Coastal wetland.
The Exhibit was judged the best in its section and awarded a first prize for education. Wild orchids were exhibited and visitors were pleased to see our indigenous orchids in their natural environment. Brochures were distributed which explained the importance of wetlands in South Africa and discussed the WOSA philosophy.

We held an evening workshop attended, amongst others, by Dr. Noushka Reiter who isa leading researcher of Australian terrestrial orchids, and Professor Craig Peters of Rhodes University who is an expert on orchid pollination, both of whom are willing to help on the research program for our Brachycorythis conica subs. transvaalensis Research Project which is our inaugural conservation and propagation project, for this species which is under threat of extinction.
We were assisted by Mark Shuttleworth and his mother Ronelle who provided the major portion of the finances for the Exhibit and a firm financial base for the launch of WOSA.

 WOC21 Wetland Exhibit

WOC21 Wetland Exhibit

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