A new species of orchid with a delicate
has been discovered by Japanese scientists, who found the pink and white plant in plain sight.
Despite its presence and Japan's parks and gardens, it took researchers at Kobe University a decade to confirm that the plant, dubbed "spiranthes hachijoensis,"
was a previously unknown species.
They found the pink and white plant hidden in plain sight (AFP).
"It was a surprise to discover a new species of spiranthes, which is so common that it is observed in parks, gardens and in pots," lead researcher Kenji Suetsugu said Thursday.
Some of the samples "came from potted plants and gardens," some from a college in the central region of Gifu, the phytology teacher said.
The spiral flower was cited in Japan's oldest anthology of poems, from the 8th century (AFP).
from the 8th century
"Because of its curious appearance and its delicate crystal-like flowers, this flower is
highly appreciated by people
," the university said in a statement.
The spiral flower plant was quoted in Japan's oldest anthology of poems, "Manyoshu", from the
It was named "spiranthes hachijoensis" and is a previously unknown species (AFP).
The finding of the new type of spiranthes was announced in the
Journal of Plant Research
It was given the name "hachijoensis" because many of the samples were found on Tokyo's Hachijojima Island.
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