|Cool mountain cloud forest, El Cajas National Park. This is a superb park high in the Andes above the World Heritage town of Cuenca in southern Ecuador. |
These forests grow from 2000 to 3500 metres above sea level and are rich in orchids.
|Cloud Forest, Paz de las Aves, Mindo Valley. These forests of the north-west slopes of the Andes are part of the Choco Bioregion, recognised as one of the most biodiverse in the world.|
|Elleanthus sp., El Cajas NP.|
|Epidendrum sp., El Cajas NP, above and below.|
|'Mosquito Orchid' El Cajas NP. This was the only name I could elicit for this one, and I can't pin it down any further.|
|Odontoglossum sp., El Cajas NP.|
This genus produces some huge sprays of up to hundreds of flowers on spikes a metre or more long.
|Odontoglossum sp., Yanacocha Reserve.|
|Pleurothallis sp., El Cajas NP.|
These delightful orchids have flowers which only appear to grow out of the leaf!
|Sobralia sp., El Cajas NP.|
|Unidentified orchid, Pacha Quindi, Tandayapa Valley, north-western cloud forests.|
This was growing close to the ground in a magnificent area of regenerated forest - formerly cow pasture.
|Unidentified orchid, Paz de las Aves.|
|Unidentified orchid, El Cajas NP.|
|Unidentified orchid, 45 metres above ground level in a Kapok Tree, Sacha Lodge.|