CITES and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
CITES and Plants
While CITES is more often associated with animals (e.g. elephants, rhinos, parrots, tigers), around five times as many plants, over 25,000 taxa, are subject to CITES controls. Controls apply to a range of plant material including live plants, hybrids, seeds (in some cases), herbarium and spirit material, derivatives and products. For a full list of taxa included in the CITES Appendices, please consult the CITES Secretariat website.
In the 25 Member States of the European Union, CITES is implemented by means of EC Regulations. These Regulations strengthen and extended previous import and export controls. The Regulations categorise species in four Annexes, A-D. Annexes A to C are roughly equivalent to CITES Appendices I to III. Annex D does not have a CITES equivalent.
CITES and plants