World’s Smallest Orchid!

You can nearly miss this tiny thing – it’s just over 2mm across! Scientists discovered this almost transparent orchid in Ecuador, which has about 4,000 species of orchids, in the first week of December. It belongs to the Platystele genus. Ecologist Lou Jost, who works with the EcoMinga plant-conservation foundation, also discovered 28 new orchids in the last few months or so.

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