I suspect the answer is going to be "maybe ethical but certainly not legal" but I figured I should ask the people who would know.
I happen to know of the location of a healthy, thriving population of a carnivorous plant in the wild.
They are not on my property. I'm pretty sure the land they are on is owned by the government, local, state or federal.
I would never consider illegally collecting a plant. However, I also happen to know when they're most likely to be in seed...
Would harvesting seeds be ethical? I feel it probably is, as it's not harming the plants in any way, they produce more seed than could possibly grow there with the area already saturated with established adult plants. So I don't think I'd feel any guilt about it.
But would it be legal? I suspect it isn't, but I really am not familiar with what laws might apply. If it is illegal, exactly how illegal is it?
I don't know if I'll ever actually do it, but if the temptation gets too great, I'd like to be at least vaguely familiar with the possible consequences. Any input appreciated. Any drama, really not, please don't start flaming me or anybody else over this.