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Details of amendments to the CITES Appendix introduced by the Commission with the Notification of April 19, 2013.

by: SeedsCactus.com22/04/2013

By decision of the Secretariat Notification 2013/012 of 19/04/13 the CITES World Organization has changed the Appendices I and II of the Convention. The decision, adopted at the 16th Conference of the Parties held in Thailand, will come into force with effect on 12/06/2013. Although the main innovations concern the world of animals (reptiles and amphibians primarily), some minor changes have been introduced among the plants. Let's see the details, focusing on the plants of most interest to lovers of succulents.

a) Tillandsia kautskyi, Tillandsia sprengeliana and Tillandsia sucrei (Bromeliaceae), Dudleya stolonifera and Dudleya traskiae (Crassulaceae) are deleted from Appendix II.
b) Operculicarya decaryi, Adenia firingalavensis, Adenia subsessilifolia, Uncarina grandidieri, Uncarina stellulifera, Cyphostemma laza (all caudiciforms originating from Madagascar) and, among others, Yucca queretaroensis, become part of Appendix II.

Also significant, although not of direct interest to fans, the introduction in Appendix II of numerous plants of the genus Dalbergia. It is a small tree, originating in Madagascar , whose wood, particularly sturdy, solid and compact, is used to make furniture and musical instruments. With this measure, the Organization intends to closely monitor the conservation status of the species, especially in relation to its increased use for commercial purposes.

Other marginal changes affect some exclusions of enforcement for commercial use products, packaged and ready for sale, containing extracts of plant species: we cite as an example the Aniba rosaeodora, tropical plant sought for essential oil extracted from its flowers, widely used in perfumery and herbal medicine.

Returning to the field of interest of succulents fans, it is evident that the listed species are mostly not very widespread and difficult to find even at nurseries, because of their poor reputation and attractiveness. A few changes, then, in the habits of the growers, except the sad realization of an increase of the total number of plants under protection, certainly not a good sign in terms of the conservation of the species.


Yucca queretaroensis Dudleya stolonifera Aniba rosaeodora

Yucca queretaroensis at the Pedregal Botanical Garden, Mexico.
Dudleya stolonifera on a steep cliff in its typical Californian habitat.
Aniba rosaeodora with its unmistakable lilac flowers.







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