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An Asian orchid, Eulophia graminea, detected in Xishuangbanna
Eulophia graminea, a terrestrial orchid native to subtropical and tropical Asia, has been detected in the open air of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) at an altitude of about 550 meters. The orchid was identified by Prof. Gao Jiangyun and a few young researchers. Its occurrence is noteworthy because the lit...
Huge leafless orchid
Have you ever seen an orchid higher than a man? Possibly most people’s answer is “No”. A few days ago, Dr. Gao Jiangyun and his team were amazed at seeing a population of huge leafless orchid, Aphyllorchis caudate, in Menghai county, Xishuangbanna. The population is composed of more than 100 individuals. The tallest in...
Gastrodia albidoides (Orchidaceae: Epidendroideae), a new species from Yunnan, China
A few XTBG young research fellows found a new orchid species. They described and illustrated Gastrodia albidoides (Orchidaceae: Epidendroideae, Gastrodieae) from Yunnan, China. The new species is closely related to G. theana and G. albida but can be distinguished by an almost smooth perianth tube, lateral sepals fused to ...
General recommendations for conservation of relict trees via living ex situ collections
General recommendations for conservation of relict trees via living ex situ collections To secure the survival of threatened relict trees in the long run, international coordination between botanic gardens and arboreta needs to be significantly improved. Additionally, maintaining of living ex situ collections should ...
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius “Yellow’, a new cultivar in southern Yunnan
A few XTBG young researcher fellows discovered a new cultivar from southern Yunnan. They named it as Amorphophallus paeoniifolius “Yellow’. They described its morphological characteristics. The new cultivar differs from Amorphophallus paeoniifolius by its tufty habit, glossy petiole and peduncle. Following are a few pic...
Addressing the threat to biodiversity from botanic gardens
Increasing evidence highlights the role that botanic gardens might have in plant invasions across the globe. Botanic gardens, often in global biodiversity hotspots, have been implicated in the early cultivation and/or introduction of most environmental weeds listed by IUCN as among the worst invasive species worldwide. Furthe...
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