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World's Smallest Orchid found in Ecuador

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posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 05:32 PM
A tiny orchid measuring 2.1mm has recently been discovered in Ecuador.

Botanists who have just discovered a new flower in Ecuador can be forgiven for having missed it until now.
The world's smallest orchid is just 2.1mm wide, with transparent petals that are just one cell thick. It comes from the Platystele genus, which is made up of mostly miniature plants.
American scientist Lou Jost found the tiny flower by accident among the roots of a larger plant that he had collected from the Cerro Candelaria reserve in the eastern Andes.
He said: 'I saw that down among the roots was a tiny little plant that I realised was more interesting than the bigger orchid.
'Looking at the flower is often the best way to be able to identify which species of orchid you’re got hold of - and can tell you whether you’re looking at an unknown species or not.'

"The cream-coloured orchid measures only 2.1mm across and the petals are so thin they are transparent"

All quotes and picture are from the Daily Mail.

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[edit on 30-11-2009 by berenike]

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 05:59 PM
Nice. If I ever come accross one I will resist the urge to bring it home.
Even the so-called "hardy" ones are short lived at my house.
This one would die instantly, I expect.

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:02 PM
How cool. Good find!

I think it would be neat to go to the jungle and discover new things. How lucky they are!

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:05 PM
Here is a link to Lou Jost's (who discovered the orchid) website page showing some more of his discoveries:

Here are some beautiful examples:

Maxillara Kunstaetterorum:

Epidendrum LJ3762

Lepanthes LJ3494:

Here is a link to the website's home page - this is well worth exploring:

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posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:10 PM
Imagine all the things that we will never discover because of clear cutting to make way for more soy beans. In South America whole swaths of acreages are being decimated. Imagine those small unseen things being destroyed forever.

People are in such a hurry to leave this planet and are in such a hurry to destroy it. There really is something wrong with mankind.

How are we to understand distant planets when we have yet to understand our own?

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posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:14 PM
reply to post by ViperFoxBat

As soon as I found out that the rainforests were being destroyed to make room to grow soya beans I wouldn't eat anything made from them.

Helpful hint - NEVER try cheese made from soya

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:17 PM
reply to post by berenike

I love orchids and this little one is just gorgeous! Thanks for posting. Lots of new discoveries lately... really makes one wonder what else is out there!

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:28 PM
The next step is to try to smoke it and see what happens.

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 06:36 PM
reply to post by berenike


I love orchids as well!

what an amazing find

posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 08:00 PM
reply to post by plutoxgirl

Thank you. Here's someone who would be hard to froget:

(picture from Lou Jost's website)

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