Colombian exhibition to showcase over 2,000 species of orchids

Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2015

Colombian exhibitionHabitat of about 4,000 varieties of orchids, Colombia will show part of that rich heritage from June 5th to 8th at a national exhibition, to be attended by growers and experts, announced the coordinators of the event.

 

Organized in the Botanical Garden José Celestino Mutis of Bogota city, the exhibition will consist of more than 2,000 species of orchids.

 

Theoretical meetings, which bring together academics from several countries, will session parallel to the exhibition. Researchers will reflect on issues such as Taxonomy, Ecology, Conservation and Propagation.

 

During those days the public can admire examples of the abundant family, known among many for its curious modified petal, besides touring of the orchid trails and laboratories dedicated to growing the plants in vitro.

 

During the event specialist from the scientific center will conduct workshops for visitors to get familiar with the planting and care of that beautiful plant, mainly used for ornamental purposes.

 

Orchids of different colors, shapes, textures and sizes proliferate in almost the entire country, although the area of greatest population lies in the Andes at altitudes between 1,000 and 3,000 meters, told Prensa Latina the biologist Janice Valencia, from the Botanical Garden José Celestino Mutis.

 

Colombia ranks among the most biodiverse countries, one in 10 species of flora and fauna live in its territory. Currently it has more than fifty protected areas and five Biosphere Reserves.

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