China finds new 'orchid' species in giant panda habitat

Chengdu Institute of Biology Under the Chinese Academy of Sciences A new orchid species has been discovered in a giant panda habitat in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

by this new orchid was named "Gastrochilus wolongensis" in the Wolong area of ​​the Giant Panda National Park and was first discovered in Nov. 2020 by researchers from the Institute and workers of the conservation area which has collected such samples of orchids and confirmed that it is a new species of orchid After making long-term observations

In addition, the results of further analysis also found that The new orchid is closely related to the previously known species of orchids Gastrochilus ciliaris and Gastrochilus formosanus. The gastrophic genus is one of the orchid family. Of which the genus is endemic to China, 17 of the 58 species are endemic.

The findings were recently published in the journal Ecosystem Health and Sustainability.

News/photo by Xinhua News Agency, Aug. 13, 2022.