What's an orchid reserve?
The nice thing is that what you see and photograph in the wild in the reserves you can purchase in our nursery and take home with you, fully documented, packaged for travel, all legal and easy.
These two private jungle orchid reserves provide us with protected property which we also include as part of our "orchid tours". Why protected? Before we owned the two reserves, we'd transplant orchids back into the wild from our nursery to enrich the species count for all to enjoy. But when we'd return we'd find the sites stripped of our transplants by unscrupulous orchid vendors who steal from nature, then sell the same plants. So now our transplants are guarded and are there for the world to enjoy.
Orchid tours here!
How is the species count in the reserves?
What's this about transplanting? On our two reserves our staff and volunteers, like you, transplant orchids every week. As time goes on, the reserve complex will be a living botanical garden of most if not all of Ecuador's orchid species. As it is now, Ecuagenera's reserves are indeed the largest orchid reserves in the entire world. They are 100% private and you can enter them! You can volunteer to help us transplant, that way you get a hands on experience in real jungle under the expert guidance of our staff. Also you can feel proud in the fact you helped preserve for future generations to enjoy, this incredible family of flowering plants, the orchid.
Tell me more about the reserves! Can I sleep there maybe?
As it stands now, we base our orchid tours out of our complex at the orchid ranch and offices in Gualaceo. The tours come complete with restaurant and lodging. Now we have the addition of our jungle complex described above.
To view photos and more information on each of the reserves please click on the links below. We will be adding to this page profusely, it's an honor to now offer this "pride and joy" asset to the world.
Welcome to the tropical plants section of the Ecuagenera webpage. We are working hard to get this page up to date and correctly identify and organize the beautiful non-orchid tropicals we have available. We appreciate your patience as we continue updating this section. Please note that we have several plants named followed by a number. This is to indicate that we believe the plant to be similar to the name given, but are not sure if it is in fact that plant. For example you will see Anthurium marmoranthum 1-7. We know there are not 7 different marmoranthums, but we're not sure which of these is in fact marmoranthum, and if not, what in fact they are.
In this space you will find picture that show to you the beauty of the country, during our tours you can see mostly of them
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