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Plants seeking the land of Els Ports. El Punt newspaper (November 2002)

The Natural Park Els Ports works with the implementation of a fern, orchid research and maple research.

15/9/2002

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The Natural Park Els Ports works with the implementation of a fern, orchid research and maple research. The project was in collaboration with the Cultidelta company, has begun a program that aims to introduce plants that are missing or have a little presence such as the orchid, Spiranthes aestivalis, or the fern, Phyllitis segittat wich was mentioned at the beginning of s. XX. These species are protected by European Habitats Directive because they are in endanger. The program also includes a study of the maple Acer opalus granatensis to see his adaptation in nurseries thinking about the chance to use it in gardening.

«Walking with a blindfold»

Enric Sancho, one of the partners of the Cultidelta company, dedicated to the plantation and reproduction of native plants, explained that working on the reintroduction of the orchid and fern were like walking with a blindfold since none before have never tried to grow in a nursery. The same approach was for the tree that represents the largest population in the Ports. After collection the seeds from the Valley Mas, the cultivators have palnted 500 pots. "If covered with dark tights in a greenhouse because it is a palnt that initially does not accept too much light. The aime of the program is to study the evolution and check if it is possible to palnt this tree in a control way, which is the symbol of Els Ports Natural Park. They also want to see the color of the leaves, as they can very depending on where it is planted".


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