Showy orchids to scaly desert dwellers – Kew presents ‘new’ species

Showy orchids to scaly desert dwellers –  Kew presents ‘new’ species

Botanists list plants newly discovered or named by scientists in 2020

  • RBG Kew selects 10 of 156 species officially named this year
  • The ugliest orchid in the world, a toadstool found at Heathrow airport, UK, and a potential food source from Peru, among showstoppers on list
  • Orchids account for more than a third of the newly named species
  • Concerns that several of these rare species, already threatened by habitat clearance, face extinction

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