GUAYAQUIL HAS ITS EMBLEMATIC FLOWER The orchid named as Encyclia Angustiloba Schltr, endemic specie of the Guayas Province and unique within the 4.032 types of orchids that grow in the different ecosystems of Guayaquil, was designated as the emblematic flower of the city. The designation was made through a resolution issued by the Cantonal Council of Guayaquil, following a request made by the Municipal Director of Tourism and Civic Promotion, Gloria Gallardo, to Major Jaime Nebot Saadi, together with the Botanical Garden and the Ecuadorian Orchid Association, which issued a scientific report highlighting the endemic condition of this orchid and its importance to the ecosystem. The Ecuadorian Orchid Association is an organization established on September 17, 1974; pioneer amongst the conservationist and ecological institutions of Ecuador. Dry forests, carob and cabo de hacha trees, which grow in the surroundings of the city formed by savannahs and hills (Cerro Blanco, Cerro Azul Cerro Colorado and Santay Island), constitute the natural habit of these orchids. The orchid that flowers between the months of April and August, lives from two to five years, has the shape of an onion and numerous little flowers. Its sepals and petals are of brown-reddish color and the lip is white. As tribute to the nomination and also to its symbolism as emblematic flower of the city, the cantonal Council decided to build a sculpture in its honor, during the session held on March 27, 2014. Guayaquil is getting ready to be the venue for the Twenty-second World Orchid Conference (WOC). THE ORCHIDS OF GUAYAQUIL Are a sample of the orchid wealth of Ecuador, which was declared as Country of Orchids for the diversity of species, 4.032 at the moment, from which, 1.714 are endemic. In absolute terms, Ecuador is the country with more orchid species in the whole planet, since it hosts four of the five orchid families.