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A book on orchids in Cuba's Cienaga de Zapata biosphere reserve, one of the biggest wetlands in the Caribbean, has been published thanks to the joint work of a group of Cuban and Italian scientists.

The text includes bibliographic collections of the island's botanical gardens and detailed illustrations of the 29 species classified over several years of work.

Even when the orchids included in the book have been found in other regions of Cuba and the Antilles, their discovery here has contributed to complete the description of this botanical group.

The multidisciplinary team was made up of two biologists, two agronomists and a scientific artist.

The Cienaga de Zapata biosphere reserve has an area of 600,000 hectares. It represents 50% of the area of Cuban western province of Matanzas, hosting a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Cuba has the second greatest varieties of orchids in the Caribbean with 320 species. According to statistics, this number is on the increase thanks the work carried out in botanical gardens, especially in Soroa, 76 kilometers from Havana.

Source: Trabajadores

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