High-priced rare orchids are smuggled out of India
- A network of collectors and middlemen in India sends rare orchids to Myanmar, China and Vietnam
GUWAHATI : Many years ago, on a dripping wet day in a forest in Cherrapunjee, Khyanjeet Gogoi saw the blue vanda (Vanda coerulea) for the first time. He still remembers the sight of the rare orchid, which looked, at a glance, like the long tresses of a woman. So many were in bloom that day that the “forest", it seemed to Gogoi, “had turned blue."