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New orchid species discovered

by webdev

August 02, 2011

Eight species of orchid were discovered in Papua New Guinea recently, National Geographic reports.

The blooms range from simple star shapes to more complex, ruffly-looking ones. Scientists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) discovered the flowers while surveying the unexplored rain forests of the Kikori region of Papua New Guinea. Scientists collected nearly 300 orchid species, but only these eight have been confirmed as being new to science, the news source reports.

The orchids are only part of the discovery of 1,060 new species that were found in the area between 1998 to 2008, according to the WWF. More than 100 of these species discovered were orchids, which is logical as the country, which is the largest tropical island in the world, is the host of more known orchid species than any other nation.

The tropical, colorful appearance of orchids make them a perfect indoor plant to brighten up a space and they would be an ideal gift during the summer. Those who know someone who is in need of cheering up may want to give orchids for pleasant gift.

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