Gastrodia Agnicellus named as the ugliest orchid in the world
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity
- Gastrodia agnicellus, a newly discovered orchid has been named “the ugliest orchid in the world.”
- It was found in a forest in Madagascar.
- It feeds on fungi.
- It has no leaves.
- Although assessed as a threatened species, the plants have some protection because they are located in a national park.
Do you know?
- Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa.
- Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country.