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New flora species discovered in Khanh Hoa reserve

Update: October, 06/2015 - 14:48
Scientists have discovered a wild greenish yellow orchid with zigzagging lines -- Miguelia Cruenta Aver and Vuong -- in Hon Ba Natural Reserve. -- Photo Courtesy Truong Ba Vuong - Institute of Tropical Biology

KHANH HOA (VNS) —Vietnamese scientists and foreign partners have discovered new plants living 1,000m above the sea level at Hon Ba Natural Reserve, 30km from the central Khanh Hoa Province's Nha Trang City.

A newly discovered species of the coffee family has been named Xu huong Yahara in honour of the collaboration between the Institute of Tropical Biology and the Centre for Asian Ecology Conservation under Japan's Kyushu University. The plant is between 1m and 1.5m tall, with red flowers and egg-shaped fruit.

The Vietnamese institute and the Czech Republic's Prague Garden have also jointly discovered two new varieties of the ginger family, which were named Zingiber discolor and Zingiber yersinii.

Meanwhile, Miguelia Cruenta Aver and Vuong, a wild greenish yellow orchid with zigzagging lines, has been added to Viet Nam's book of nature.

Covering 2,000ha, Hon Ba Natural Reserve boasts more than 590 flora species. Established in 2005, the reserve is a huge draw for local and international biologists. — VNS

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