Rare orchid grows under Kew's nose

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Rare orchid grows under Kew's nose

Post by Reka » Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:04:18



Hard to miss a 6ft. tall plant...
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By Mark Prigg, Evening Standard, Science Correspondent
13 February 2004
They have spent years scouring *** locations like Madagascar and Borneo
for new species of orchids.

However, Kew Gardens botanists admit their latest discovery was in one of
their own greenhouses.

The 6ft-high plant had been growing on a public information board in an
exhibit for 13 years without the experts realising it was a new species.

They have named it aeranthis ***alis, because its overlapping petals look
like a woman's crossed legs.

"The biggest problem is that orchids can only be identified when they are
flowering - otherwise one green leaf looks pretty much like another," said
Dr David Roberts, Kew's orchid expert and the man who discovered their
oversight.

"When we received the plant as seeds it was incorrectly identified, so it
took us a while to get round to checking whether it was actually what we
were told it was."

The new orchid, with large translucent green flowers, is now housed in Kew's
display. "We think we may have found more of them in Madagascar, so we know
where they come from now," said Dr Roberts.

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Rare orchid grows under Kew's nose

Post by J Fortun » Mon, 16 Feb 2004 00:21:07



<snip>
Quote:
> "The biggest problem is that orchids can only be identified when they are
> flowering - otherwise one green leaf looks pretty much like another," said
> Dr David Roberts, Kew's orchid expert and the man who discovered their
> oversight.

> "When we received the plant as seeds it was incorrectly identified, so it
> took us a while to get round to checking whether it was actually what we
> were told it was."

<snip>

Reka,
Fascinating article! The two paragraphs above sort of tie to the discussion
we have been having in the "wild to cultivated" changes thread. I will post
a reference to your post of this article in that thread in a moment.
Thank you,
Joanna

 
 
 

Rare orchid grows under Kew's nose

Post by snef » Mon, 16 Feb 2004 07:20:46


Oops Reka,

I completely missed your post and linked the same article below. I gotta cut
the 13 hr work days out.

'Tis a fascinating story all the same.

Best, Matthew.


Quote:
> Hard to miss a 6ft. tall plant...
> --
> Reka

> I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
> Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> By Mark Prigg, Evening Standard, Science Correspondent
> 13 February 2004
> They have spent years scouring *** locations like Madagascar and Borneo
> for new species of orchids.

> However, Kew Gardens botanists admit their latest discovery was in one of
> their own greenhouses.

> The 6ft-high plant had been growing on a public information board in an
> exhibit for 13 years without the experts realising it was a new species.

> They have named it aeranthis ***alis, because its overlapping petals
look
> like a woman's crossed legs.

> "The biggest problem is that orchids can only be identified when they are
> flowering - otherwise one green leaf looks pretty much like another," said
> Dr David Roberts, Kew's orchid expert and the man who discovered their
> oversight.

> "When we received the plant as seeds it was incorrectly identified, so it
> took us a while to get round to checking whether it was actually what we
> were told it was."

> The new orchid, with large translucent green flowers, is now housed in
Kew's
> display. "We think we may have found more of them in Madagascar, so we
know
> where they come from now," said Dr Roberts.

> ---
> Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
> Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.moonsgarden.com/).
> Version: 6.0.583 / Virus Database: 369 - Release Date: 10.02.04