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Gastrodia Agnicellus named as the ugliest orchid in the world

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  • December 23, 2020
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Gastrodia Agnicellus named as the ugliest orchid in the world

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity

In news

  • Gastrodia agnicellus, a newly discovered orchid has been named “the ugliest orchid in the world.”

Key takeaways 

  • 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.

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