Orchids in the very heart of Havana

Charly Morales Valido, on: Attractions & Excursions
Orchids in the very heart of Havana
The care for nature was the biggest issue of an Orchid Festival held in Cuba, where half of themost exclusive species are threatened. Cuba has twice as many plants per square kilometer as Madagascar, even tough that African nation is often referred to as a botanical paradise. That's why it's so important have events like the one held at Quinta de los Molinos garden, Havana, to teach everyone about one forgotten treasure of Cuba. 01-orquidea-clubmarianao-foto-abelrojas.jpgThe event groups diverse activities, among them the exhibition and competition of live plants, photographic samples, and conferences on the flora in Cuba and the cultivation and conservation of orchids.In Cuba there are 130 endemic varieties of the country, which can be found in several places in the wild, accompanied by other specimens of the Caribbean and South American area, which makes a total of 308 species.Cuba has an Orchid Botanic Garden that was founded in 1943 in Soroa locality, part of this UNESCO Reserve. It covers about 35 thousand square meters, in which it holds more than 20 thousand orchid specimens divided between 130 Cuban and 700 foreign species.
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