Rare Orchid Reappears After 79 Years

An endangered orchid has reappeared for the first time since 1938!  The rare species, Liparis hostifolia, is known as shimakumokiriso in Japanese, and is only found on the Ogasawara Islands bordering the tropics, 620 miles (1000 km) south of Tokyo. It hadn’t been seen in decades, but a specimen was found over the summer, and taken to Tsukuba Botanical Garden. Surprisingly, the orchid bloomed, and scientists are now hoping that they can pollinate it, and bring the species back from the brink. The article includes a good picture of the green and purple flower.

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