The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective March 7, will add orchid plants of the genus Oncidium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the United States in an approved growing medium. These plants must be grown and handled in accordance with the requirements of 7 CFR 319.37-8(e) and be accompanied at the time of importation by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Taiwan that declares that those requirements have been met.

APHIS notes that Oncidium spp. represent a small portion of the orchid market and orchid trade and that any impact from this rule is thus expected to be minimal. However, allowing imports could lead to an expanded market for this genus, and the variety’s range of unusual appearances could result in mass market demand.

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