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Gastrodia agnicellus

22nd December, 2020 Prelims

Context:World’s ugliest orchid’ discovered in the forests of Madagascar.

Gastrodia agnicellus

  • It is a new species of Orchids.
  • The 11 mm flowers of this orchid are small and brown.
  • The orchid depends on fungi for nutrition and has no leaves or any other photosynthetic tissue.
  • Although assessed as a threatened species, the plants have some protection because they are located in a national park.