Scientists Join Forces to Prevent Extinction of New Zealand’s Rarest Orchid

The Swamp Helmet Orchid, Corybas carsei, is the tiniest and rarest Corybas orchid in New Zealand. There are only a few hundred remaining in a very small patch of land within their wetland homes. Fortunately, scientists have joined forces to save them. The Department of Conservation has been working for decades to protect the endangered population. Scientists are studying the plants, despite challenging weather and the COVID pandemic. With their improved understanding, they hope to increase the orchid’s numbers, conserve the species in botanic gardens, and reintroduce plants within their former range. Follow researcher Carlos Lehnebach’s blog for future updates.

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