‘Epidendrum Astetei’, the Machu Picchu Orchid

Mexican Society Orchids decided to name a new species discovered in the sector of Sayacmarka as “Epidendrum Astetei”, in tribute to the head of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu of Perú anthropologist Fernando Astete Victoria.

In recognition of the work developed by the anthropologist in the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu for more than 20 years, in the preservation of the architectural heritage and of the flora and fauna many of them unique to the world.

The new orchid species has pale-purple sepals, petals and lip, has no fragrance and was located at Sayacmarca, inside the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu to 3 thousand 780 metres above the level of the sea (12,600 feet) in full bloom in February.

“Epidendrum Astetei” is characterized by a linear branching plant, shaped bag, hemispherical base and two pairs of pallets. In addition, as required, new Orchid grows on rocks, feeding on mosses of stone, of nutrients dissolved in rainwater and waste rock-dwelling.

Fernando Astete, an Protocol act against the Regional Director of culture of the Cuzco visibly excited said: “Machu Picchu was more than 3 e rs of my life, I did everything, I started as an intern, I was employee a y 0, I practiced several charges, practically more time pass in this inca sanctuary than in my house, so today thank you for understanding and affection of my children, my wife, for these years of permanent work and collaboration”, concerned.

The Mexican Association of Orchid Society had its origins in 1940 in Mexico, its objectives include the promotion and awareness of the orchids, their methods of propagation, campaigns to prevent its extinction, both on-site and ex-site, especially Mexican wildlife species, as well as distribute information on cultivation and reproduction to initiate and improve the cultivation of orchids with participation of national and foreign partners.

Adelayda Letona Garcia
RPP Group, Cuzco