China: Orchid industry thrives in Weixi

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After developing for more than 30 years, the orchid industry has now become a sector that has brought wealth to people in Weixi Lisu Autonomous County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Weixi has over 7,000 orchid-growing households, accounting for over 18 percent of the total registered households in the county. It has also more than 30 large-scale orchid cultivation enterprises. The 31st China Orchid Expo, one of the country’s largest, highest-ranking, and most influential orchid expos, was held in the county from Feb. 26 to March 2.

“Weixi county in Yunnan boasts superior natural conditions, abundant orchid germplasm resources, and a long history of orchid cultivation. As the origin and main production area of Cymbidium tortisepalum, a primary orchid species, Weixi county has been renowned nationwide,” said Zhao Liangping, vice president of the China Flower Association. Zhao added that the orchid industry in Weixi has developed rapidly in recent years.

The county has 150 native orchid species, over 80 featured orchid varieties, and more than 200 new orchid species. The orchid has been elected as the county flower of Weixi.


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