Three New Orchid Species Discovered in Ecuador

Many orchid species are scientifically discovered each year. For example, botanists have recently named three new Lepanthes from the Ecuadorean Andes, one of the richest orchid habitats on the planet. Lepanthes is a genus of pleurothallids with over 1000 species. They’re miniatures with tiny but colorful flowers. The plants have been named Lepanthes oro-lojaensis, Lepanthes microprosartima, and Lepanthes caranqui. The scientists asserted that “They are proof that Ecuador — one of the world’s megadiverse countries — hides much more biodiversity waiting to be explored.”

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