Recently three new orchids discovered in the Machu Picchu Archeological park were registered and their discoverers honored by being named officially in the new species.
Via El Comercio Peru (Google Translate with editors corrections for clarity – original link below.)
The Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru was recently the scene of the discovery of three new species of orchids. They are Epidendrum Ochoae, Epidendrum Incahuamanii and Epidendrum Mormontoy species.
The newly discovered orchids add to about 300 registered in the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu and were published in Volume 15 of the world’s scientific journal specializing in orchids: Icones Orchidacearum.
The new species bear their names in honor of their discoverers: Gustavo Ochoa Estrada, Programme Management Biocultural Conservation of Machu Picchu; Feliciano Incahuamani Atausinchi, conservative vigilant llaqta of Machu Picchu; and Rolando Mormontoy, conservative vigilant and the Inca Trail.
The biologist Benjamin Collantes, representative of that scientific journal, handed a copy of Volume No. 15, icons, pictures and botanical drawings scientists to each of the honoree servers.
During the presentation ceremony also the species Epidendrum Astetei dedicated to Fernando Astete Victoria, head of the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu was officially published.
©2015 Ben Gangloff
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