News

News

The Birth of a Star

We have been searching for a popular name for one of the most beautiful indigenous orchids which is on the verge of extinction.

Plans are afoot to develop land at Proteadal, bordering the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Mogale City (Krugersdorp). The last known viable colony on the planet of Brachycorythis conica subspecies transvaalensis occurs in these hills. If these plans are allowed to go ahead it may put paid to the species.

A campaign is being waged by the Proteadal Conservation Association (PCA) in the HIGH COURT to review the Record of Decision (ROD) by the Gauteng MEC approving the development that is a serious threat to the colony.

In this campaign we need to find a common name that can be pronounced and will be recognized as the rallying point of the campaign.

We have selected the name Albertina Sisulu Orchid, honouring one of the shining stars in our history. This name has been endorsed by the Sisulu family and we have designed this logo from the painting of the flower and plant by botanical artist Daleen Roodt.

  • Brachycorythis conica ssp. Transvaalensis by Andrew Hankey

Prepared by Bill Mincher Chairmen WOSA

 

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

For more information regarding the preservation of South Africa's wild Orchids or if you would like to get involved please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete this short form Contact Us and we will contact you.