Ecuagenera The origin dates back to the 50s when the Salesian Father Angel Andreetta, (83 years old) came to the area in canton Gualaquiza Bomboiza in the eastern province of Morona Santiago. In Bomboiza, a place favored by the abundance of gold deposits and, in some species of orchids, Andreetta begin the research process, selection and collection of some species of orchids, becoming the pioneer of this activity in the region. Product of this effort was possible to participate for the first time for Ecuador in a World of Orchids exhibition held in Colombia in 1968.
Hoping that this activity continues, Andreetta find the help of a young man who discovers a great love of nature: Mario Portilla, who would become his main ally for many years. Later Andreetta continue its activities with its collection of orchids in the hacienda in Paute Yumacay Salesian. Meanwhile as the need arose to create a company that is dedicated to the preservation and marketing of orchid plants.
In 1991 José Portilla, younger brother of Mario, who shows a keen interest in this activity, is invited to participate.
February 1992 marks the beginning of the new company by May of that year and was legally incorporated under the name of Ecuadorian Genres Ecuagenera Cia. Ltd., which Portilla brothers were its founders and Andreetta your advisor. It was to this company that was responsible for the preservation of Andreetta orchid collection, until today it is carefully preserved to ensure the maintenance and reproduction of some species.
In 1993 was the first company Ecuagenera Ecuadorian who obtained legal permission for export of plants from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).