Wild Orchids of South America






Orchid growing tips, videos, activities, and association membership information.  Photos of wild orchids found in the Brazilian state of Ceará.  Founded 1977.  Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.

Associação Cearense de Orquidófilos (ACEO)

Cloud forest orchid reserve with over 200 species is located about an hour from Quito, Ecuador.  Botanical garden near the reserve entrance to learn about the diversity of montane forest plants.

El Pahuma Orchid Reserve

Membership, contact, and activities information. List of orchid species found in Colombia. Publishers of the magazine

Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia

Focusing on small species, this blog features orchid photos, many of them in the rainforests of Central and South America.  Pontus.  Gothenburg, Sweden.

Miniature Orchids

Orchid photos, history, anatomy, flowering periods, art gallery, care tips.  Orchid quiz.  Books.  Online magazine the

Brazilian Orchids

The OSSSU is a Darwin Initiative project designed to establish orchid seed banking around the globe (with the current focus on Asia and South and Central America).  Based at the Seed Conservation Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst Place.

Orchid Seed Stores for Sustainable Use

Information, including photographs, about orchid species found in south Brazil.   Luiz Filipe Varella and Jacques Klein.  Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Orquídeas do Rio Grande do Sul

Organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and conservation of the wild orchids found in Santa Catarina.  The site features photos, videos, and available courses.  Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Orquídeas Nativas de Santa Catarina

Beginning in 2001, this annual festival promotes the conservation and appreciation of the region's orchids.  Concepción, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Festival de la Orquidea

Promoting the conservation and scientific research of Amazon basin orchids.  Environmental education programs.  Guided tours offered.   Volunteers welcome.  Puyo, Ecuador.

Jardín Botánico Las Orquídeas

The primary objective of The Orchid Conservation Alliance is to promote the conservation of wild orchid species in their native habitats.  The current goal is to purchase 100 hectares of undisturbed orchid habitat in the high Andes of Ecuador.

Orchid Conservation Alliance

Membership information, photo gallery, and events.  List of orchids found in the region.  Founded in 1993.  Divinopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Associação Orquidófila de Divinópolis

Organization whose primary objective is the conservation of orchid species.  Posadas, Misiones, Argentina.

Asociación Posadeña de Orquideófilos

Orchid research projects with a focus on Ecuador species.  Lorena Endara at the   Florida Museum of Natural History.  Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Lorena Endara Orchid Projects

New plant discoveries, articles, and online books.  Monograph of the genus Teagueia.  Lou Jost, orchid hunter.  Banos, Ecuador.

Lou Jost

Centro de Jardineria Manrique in Lima, combined with some international vendors, offer legally grown Phragmipedium kovachii seedlings and flasks.  Culture notes and photo gallery.  Peru.


Discussion forum and many pages of information about orchids, with the focus on species found in Brazil.  Mário A G Leal.  Brazil.

A Orquídea

Species and culture information for the genus Cattleya, and several related other genera.  John Denson.  Fort Riley, Kansas, USA.

Cattleya Orchid Source

Dedicated to the study, cultivation, propagation, and conservation of orchids occurring in Bolivia, with an emphasis on the Santa Cruz region.  Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Amigos de las Orquideas de Bolivia

Descriptions and distribution of Bolivian orchids.  Photos.  Roberto Vasquez.  Bolivia.

Las Orquideas en Bolivia