Botanical Adventures in Cuba

Cuban Orchid

Patrick Bennett

Sure, there are the classic 1950’s era American cars, the cigars, the beaches, and the music, but did you know Cuba (an island roughly the size of Pennsylvania) is also home to over 7,000 species of plants, half of which occur naturally nowhere else in the world? More intriguing, though, is that out of those 7,000 species, the island boasts 300+ species of orchid, some also native only to Cuba!

To hunt orchids in the wilds of Cuba, your best bet is to head to the eastern side of the island…oh, and to get a guide as there are a number of laws and local bits of information you’ll need to be aware of. Maybe give the Wild Orchid Hunting package at Real Cuba a try.

Luckily, if you can’t wait to get your Cuban orchid fix on and happen to live in the New York area, you can visit the New York Botanical Gardens where they currently have on display The Orchid Show: Cuba in Flower.

And if you really can’t wait, we’ve included some photos below from our recent trip to the Botanical Gardens to tide you over.

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