Production of Cypripedium Montanum Seedlings for Commercial Value and Reintroduction Into Restoration Projects

Period of Performance: 01/01/2005 - 12/31/2005

$296K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Kelsey Creek Laboratories
13206-233rd Ave. SE
Issaquah, WA 98015
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The wild orchid, C.montanum, is endangered and rarely seen in the natural setting. Laboratory techniques will be applied to the germination of seeds and resulting propagules will be planted in various settings thought to be ideal for their growth. Additionally, seedlings that have grown for 14-18 months in vitro will be provided to nurseries for growth as saleable plants for their business. This will reduce the need for poaching the plants from the wild. This project will apply the expertise of laboratory and naturalists personnel for restoration and development for plant sales.