Bhutan discovers new orchid species

An orchid species, new worldwide is discovered from Trongsa by a team from Range Office, Trongsa and Bumthang Forest Division.

The new specie is named as Bulbophyllum trongsaense which is derived from the place of its origin. It is currently distributed in Trongsa and Lhuentse Dzongkhags.

The species was collected on 20 September 2019 but it was concluded as a new species worldwide only this year. It has yellow with reddish-maroon spotted flowers and is found growing on trees. The identity of the plant was not known till date.

As per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categories and criteria, the species is endangered in the country.

In Bhutan, the genus Bulbophyllum is represented by 36 species and with the addition, it has increased to 37 species available in the country. Bhutan is likely to harbour around 500 species of orchids as many parts of the country are still under surveyed.

Discovery of such species is a clear indication that the country is rich in biodiversity and needs further exploration to have precise numbers of wild flora and fauna in the country.

Submitted by Phub Gyeltshen and team, Range Office, Trongsa and Bumthang Forest Division

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