Systematic field surveys have begun to document the high biological diversity of the reserve.  Ceiba’s intern, Phillip Myers, spent over four months conducting an inventory of the orchids found in the reserve and recorded over 170 species; further identifications by experts visiting the reserve has increased this number to over 200 species.  The preliminary results of Philip’s survey are available as the El Pahuma orchid list.  Several of the species discovered, particularly in the genera Stelis and Pleurothallis, have yet to be identified, and local orchid experts Monica de Navarro and Alex Hirtz predict that they may turn out to be new species.

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