# Sunday, 27 November 2011

ENVIRONMENT-Orchid_2062416cIt never fails to amaze me how many new species of plants are discovered, even now. One of the more recent is what is thought to be the world’s first flowering orchid. Discovered by botanists in Papua new Guinea, the plant has been called Bulbophyllum nocturnum. it is the first known example of a nocturnal orchid that consistently flowers after dark and closes in the morning. The discovery was made after orchid specialist Ed de Vogel took the species for cultivation. He found that when the orchid grew buds they quickly withered as they reached the size when he have expected them to open. It was only when he took the orchid home one night that he realised the buds opened only at night, flowering for only a few hours before dying.