New orchid identified from Komodo
(Phys.org) —A new species of orchid has been identified on the South East Asian island of Komodo despite having been wrongly named for the past 300 years.
Orchid adding bird perch for crossing ensures reproduction
Chinese researchers have solved the mystery of the function of sheaths in flowering orchids. In a paper published in PLOS ONE, the team led by Zhong-Jian Liu at the Orchid Conservation & Research Center of She ...
Two new species of orchid found in Cuba
Researchers from the University of Vigo, in collaboration with the Environmental Services Unit at the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park (Cuba), have discovered two new species of Caribbean orchid.
Rescuing endangered wild orchids from a man-made flood
You may have heard stories about emergency rescues of plants or animals from habitats facing imminent destruction. This is one of those stories, except that the scope of the rescue is unprecedented and the ...
Genetic research places flower shape on drawing board
Flowers such as sunflowers and gerberas are made up of two types of smaller flowers: ray and disk flowers. Dutch researcher Anneke Rijpkema has discovered the genes responsible for the distribution between ...
Fungi-filled forests are critical for endangered orchids
When it comes to conserving the world's orchids, not all forests are equal. In a paper to be published Jan. 25 in the journal Molecular Ecology, Smithsonian ecologists revealed that an orchid's fate hinges ...
First known night-flowering orchid discovered
Botanists have discovered the first known species of orchid that flowers at night, London's Kew Gardens announced on Tuesday.
Bees outpace orchids in evolution
(PhysOrg.com) -- Orchid bees arent so dependent on orchids after all, according to a new study that challenges the prevailing view of how plants and their insect pollinators evolve together.
Why are orchids so successful?
In terms of diversity, orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants, with over 22,000 species. Both pollinating animals and mycorrhizal fungi are believed to have been important in the ...
Orchids and fungi: An unexpected case of symbiosis
The majority of orchids are found in habitats where light may be a limiting factor. In such habitats it is not surprising that many achlorophyllous (lacking chlorophyll), as well as green, orchids depend on ...
Study will determine whether viruses can help orchids
Plant scientists from Murdoch University will be investigating whether the viruses hosted by orchids in Western Australia are actually benefitting them under the changing climatic conditions.
Rare orchids mimic fungus to attract flies
Preserving a world favourite flavor
(PhysOrg.com) -- Its one of the worlds two best-loved flavors and demand for it is increasing all the time but now its future in the global food industry could be more secure, thanks to research ...
Orchid wears the scent of death
Sex and violence, or at least death, are the key to reproduction for the orchid Satyrium pumilum. Research led by Timotheüs van der Niet at the University of KwaZulu-Natal shows that the orchid lures ...