National Orchid Festival Begins in Cuba

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The fifth National Orchid Festival has started in Havana yesterday, March 9, and will continue until March 12 at the Quinta de los Molinos botanical garden. The festival, which includes with the participation of institutions, collectors, researchers, and those simply interested in orchid varieties, has been organized by the Cuban Society of Botany (SOCUBOT) and the Office of the Historian of Havana. According to Prensa Latina, the festival will offer different activities, including the exhibition and competition of live plants, a photographic exhibition, and keynote speeches on the flora of the Caribbean nation as well as the cultivation and preservation of orchids. Prensa Latina reports:

The current state of the flora on the island and the analysis of invasive species in national ecosystems are among the issues under discussion. The organizers anticipate great popular participation for the workshops of cultivation at homes and floral arrangements with orchids.

These are one of the largest families of flowering plants, ranging between 20,000 and 25,000 species, not counting the existing Orchid hybrids of artificial origin. About 130 varieties of endemic orchids have been recorded in the country, they can be found in several wild places, accompanied by other specimens of the Caribbean and South American area, totaling 308 species. Many of them are endangered by the intense harvesting they have undergone in recent years and other natural phenomena related to climate affecting natural populations.

For original article, see http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=10231&SEO=national-orchid-festival-begins-in-cuba

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