Assam produces an orchid link to the Orient

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  • The parasitic bloom is a variant of a Japanese orchid
  • Discovery has given India one of its smallest orchids in terms of size and duration of bloom to be recorded botanically.
  • Lecanorchis taiwaniana, which the Japanese Journal of Botany has published as a “new record for the flora in India” in its latest issue, is a mycoheterotroph, one of two types of parasitic plants that have abandoned photosynthesis.
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