Ten New Orchid Species Found in Costa Rica

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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6 Comments on “Ten New Orchid Species Found in Costa Rica”

  1. mpgrl Says:

    Thank you..really informative!!

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  3. Mara Dempsey Says:

    I shouldn’t expect West Virginia to have orchids like Costa Rica does, but still it’s an interesting comparison. Maybe global warming will make WV more tropical and it will get more orchids soon 😉

  4. Stephanie J Says:

    I was excited by this news of so many new orchids. I wanted to thank you for this post!!

  5. nancy Says:

    I love it!!! How many do you think they’ll find if they get a chance to explore that forest more completely???

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