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Cuenca Orchid Show

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The 6th National Orchid Show and  5th International Orchid Show, wraps up today in Cuenca. The Cuenca Orchid Show is an annual event here.

The venue this year is the courtyard in the former seminary next to the New Cathedral across the street from Parque Calderon in el centro. It’s an outdoor setting unlike last year where it was held at the Mall Del Rio Convention Center. Some are available for sale. Admission is $2 for adults.

Orchids can be found almost all over the world. Ecuador has 3459 species, the greatest number recorded of any country. After Ecuador is Colombia, which has 2723. After Colombia is New Guinea with 2717 and Brazil, which has 2590 species in all. There’s a pretty interesting write up here about the pollination process.

There are an incredible number of Orchids on display and here are just some of them.

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The blog post with pics I did about last years show is here.

Paul Acee

Author: Paul Acee

Retired and living in Ecuador.

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