Plantas de la selva: Vol. 10


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Roadside orchids


It’s the Oriente. Orchids are everywhere. Even blossoming alongside the major highway that bissects the Amazon here, the Puyo-Macas road.

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Orchids of the Oriente


Wild orchids are in abundance here. They’re beautiful and diverse and even odd. Here are couple of the most common, and also most accessible. Many also grow far higher up the canopy. Of course, as beautiful as they are, more than a few have been felled by a volunteer’s machete. We’re conserving crucial parts of the forest and working in subsistence agriculture for a poor community, which sometimes takes precedence over pretty flowers.


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