The Sok An Phnom Kulen Orchid Research and Conservation Centre in Siem Reap province received the visit of Environment Minister Say Samal on Sunday, who called for more effort to study and preserve orchids in protected areas which can become tourist attractions. Run by a passionate orchid seller and collector Sok Vichea, the new centre hopes to attract tourists and researchers and plans to further orchid collection. Find out more in the Khmer Times article here:
The Chicago Botanical Garden is currently hosting an Orchid Show that features some amazing displays, including an historical orchid timeline* and we have the honour to show-case it here, for you.
*A few more time-events were added to this digital adaptation produced by OrchidCambodia.
This study marks a new step forward in orchid research in Cambodia - and will greatly help us to complete the orchid checklist. It also illustrates perfectly the importance of the National Collection in the work of preservation and research.
Excerpt from the introduction:
'The orchid flora of Cambodia is still inadequately known. In the most recent enumeration (Seidenfaden, 1992), 164 species were listed for the country. More species have been discovered since, especially by Cedric Jancloes and Marpha Telepova (pers. comm.), but relatively few records have been formally published (Telepova, 2009, 2013; Averyanov, 2013). It is also worth noting that 21 species of Cambodian orchids, some of which represent new records for the country, are described by Leti et al. (2013) and illustrated with colour photographs. Considering the high orchid species richness of the neighbouring countries of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, it is probably a conservative estimate that at least 500 orchid species occur naturally in Cambodia.'
To read the full documents, you can download the first volume here: Download full-text PDF
and you can download the second volume here: Download full-text PDF
We are a volunteer project that works with the National Herbarium (RUPP) and the National Collection (Forestry administration) for the research and preservation of wild Cambodian orchids.