logical environment, allowing the villagers to make a living from the mount
ains,” said Ruan, who introduced the medicinal herb to the forest after a thorough investigation.
Oaks in the village have rough, thick barks, rich in water
and nutrients, making it easier for the dendrobium to attach to the trees and absorb more nutrients.
Since 2013, the company has planted dendrobium on the tree trunks of more than 267 hectares of oak forest.
For a long time, however, transportation difficulties meant the landloc
ked village could not capitalize on its unique ecological advantage. Growing dend
robium officinale was something villagers, including 44-year-old Chen Jian, had never thought of.
“All the oaks are ‘cash cows’ now,” Chen said. “Natural forests cannot be cut, so we did nothing but protect them in the past. Eve
since the dendrobium were ‘planted’ on the tree trunks, the green hills that we have kept for decades have turned into gold.”
Located in Anlong county, in Guizhou’s Qiannan Buyei and Miao autonomous prefect
ure, Zhegui is rich in forestry resources and has a climate that is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.