Moyobamba is the capital city of the San Martín region in northern Peru. It is located in the upper part of the Amazon basin at 2,820 feet (860 meters). Although native orchids can grow in almost all world environments, they grow abundantly in humid forests such as Moyobamba. This privilege is celebrated every year with the Festival de la Orquídea, Orchid Festival, with the participation of regional commercial growers.
Waqanki Refuge for Birds and Orchids, close to Moyobamba, is a natural rainforest area where the harmonious association of orchids and hummingbirds, their main pollinators, can be admired. This type of pollination is essential for the production of thousands of seeds, and thus for orchids conservation. Orchids have been admired in Peru since Pre-Columbian times, and they continue to adorn many places along the Andes. In fact, a large orchid species collection can be seen at the Inka Terra Macchu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
We thank Dr. Chang for these beautiful photographs.
To promote the appreciation of orchids, the American Orchid Society delivers the most up-to-date, accurate, educational information about orchid culture and sponsors research and conservation initiatives to improve the outlook for orchids around the globe.