New species of parasitic orchid discovered in Japan

Main report: New species of parasitic plant discovered in Japan
(Kobe University News)
Other Reporting: ScienceDaily, EurekAlert!, Phys.org
Scientific Paper: Phytokeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Lecanorchis tabugawaensis
Species named for: Tabu River
Categories: Citizen Science | New Species | Plants | Species Discovery
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Some plant species have abandoned photosynthesis, instead feeding off the roots of host fungi such as mushrooms and mould. These plants are called mycoheterotrophs. A Japanese photographer has discovered a new mycoheterotoph in the lowland laurel forests of Yakushima and named it Lecanorchis tabugawaensis.  Approximately 50 mycoheterotrophs species have been reported in Japan.

Lecanorchis tabugawaensis discovered in Tabugawa. Credit: Yamashita Hiroaki

Lecanorchis tabugawaensis discovered in Tabugawa. Credit: Yamashita Hiroaki

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