Back Button

Orchid Habitat Loss

Naranjilla, Solanum quitoense


The species is endemic to Ecuador. Naranjilla is most abundant in Peru, Ecuador and southern Colombia. Its range
extends to the rest of Colombia and in the central and northern Andes of Venezuela and interior mountain ranges of
Costa Rica. In Ecuador, 90% of commercial naranjilla cultivation is in a 15-mile area in the valley and adjacent
hillsides of the Pastaza River, a tributary of the Amazon.

Naranjilla Fruit and Juice
photo by Knut Eisermann (www.cayaya-birding.com)

Naranjilla in second growth forest
The photo naranjilla growing half-wild in a developing secondary forest near a quetchua village near Tena where they don't
really do systematic farming of naranjilla. photo by Nikolaus Nestle


© 2005 Orchid Conservation Coalition. All logos are trademarks of the Orchid Conservation Coalition.