Costa Rica has added even more orchids to its remarkable biodiversity. Near the border with Panama, in a previously unexplored region of La Amistad International Park, scientists from Lankester Botanical Garden have discovered 10 new species. Finding new orchids isn’t unusual, but it’s astounding that researchers found so many in a small area during a single 4-hour expedition.
Costa Rica is home to over 1300 orchid species. For comparison, the country is smaller than West Virginia, which has 35 native orchid species. Costa Rica’s national flower is a variety of Cattleya, the beautiful purple Guaria morada.
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