ANOTHER SMUGGLING TARGET: CALIFORNIA’S SUCCULENT SMUGGLERS: PLANT POACHERS SEED ASIA’S DESIRE FOR DUDLEYA

The South China Morning Post on 9th September published an article saying that a craze for hardy succulents, which started in South Korea and spread to China, has resulted in organised gangs stripping California of a plant crucial to its fragile coastal ecosystem.  It says that dudleya poaching was not unheard of in the past: a tractor-trailer had been discovered in Baja California, Mexico, filled with 4,746 plants, but those were an especially rare variety, found only on one small island.  It explains that dudleya is a plant genus containing more than 45 species of succulent, native to the west coast of North America, from Oregon to Baja California, with a couple of species in Arizona, one of which also grows in Nevada and Utah.  Some are common and a great number of the species are rare.

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2163157/californias-succulent-smugglers-plant-poachers

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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