Orchids: the hidden jewels of the jungle
Elegant, exotic, and surrounded by a halo of mystery, orchids are for many a symbol of beauty.
These flowers have been considered to be the lost link between the plant and animal worlds. They flourish in almost any environment on the planet. They require insects to reproduce and need other plant species to survive as they grow on trees. They also offer a vast diversity of capabilities, like water storage on its leaves, later used by animals like ants, spiders, small mammals (rats), amphibians, birds, and reptiles. This contributes to an increase in biodiversity in the geographic areas they inhabit.
Studying them helps us understand the workings of the delicate balance among the species that populate the ecosystems.
The book “Orchids and Bromeliads of Lot 57”
The book “Orchids and Bromeliads of Lot 57” gathers the results from the research carried out in the Cuzco jungle, Peru, area influenced by Repsol’s activities, aimed to increase the knowledge on biological diversity as they have, so far, been scarcely studied and documented. Thanks to this investigation, various species were identified and studied confirming the important role these flowers play in the area’s ecosystem.
This book was developed in partnership between Repsol and The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP). To achieve it, we counted with the support of a multidisciplinary team that included researchers and professionals, working both in the field phases and prior research.
This publication is not the only partnership: Repsol partakes in a number of research projects with various universities, government agencies such as the Ministry of Environment of Peru
and international organizations such as the United Nations Environmental Program – World Conservation Monitoring (UNEP-WCMC), the NGO Fauna & Flora International, or the Smithsonian Institution.