New Species of Vanilla Discovered

A new species of vanilla orchid has been discovered in the Amazon. Vanilla denshikoira appears to be closely related to the Vanilla planifolia we all love to eat. The new species was recently found in the northwest Amazon in Colombia, within the Guyana Shield, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Only two plants are known to exist, so it’s listed as critically endangered. Since vanilla is such an important crop, this find may be a helpful source of genetic diversity to add to the existing stock.

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