Name an Orchid new to science for your loved one on Valentine’s Day SEARCH NEWS

Images of five orchids.

In the cloud forests high on the mountains of Ecuador rare and magical micro orchids live alongside equally magical animals including Mountain Tapir and Spectacled Bear.

These orchids, some of the world’s tiniest plant species, only survive in the conditions particular to this region. Not only are they found nowhere else on earth, but they have only recently been discovered. They were found by Lou Jost, an orchid specialist, of Fundación EcoMinga, a conservation partner of World Land Trust (WLT).

“I can’t think of a more appropriate way than to name an orchid after a person who donates to protect the very area where the orchids live.”
Lou Jost, Fundacion EcoMinga

To support the conservation of this special cloud forest habitat, and following in the tradition of naming newly discovered species after the sponsors of expeditions, WLT is working with Lou on a fundraising initiative to name 10 of these newly discovered orchids after people who have made generous donations.

Already five orchids have been named and there are just five left. The orchid can be named for your loved one – a gift that not only lives a lifetime but becomes part of science for the future.


This rare opportunity is part of World Land Trust’s bid to raise money to protect and conserve one of the most fragile and unique environments in the world. Naming rights will be offered to supporters who donate in the region of £10,000 to £20,000.

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