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New 'glass-like' orchid species discovered in Japan

The 'Spiranthes hachijoensis', a new species of orchid with delicate glass-like blooms has been discovered by Japanese scientist
The 'Spiranthes hachijoensis', a new species of orchid with delicate glass-like blooms has been discovered by Japanese scientists.

A new species of orchid with delicate, glass-like blooms has been discovered by Japanese scientists, who found the pink and white plant hiding in plain sight.

Despite its presence in Japan's parks and gardens, it took researchers at Kobe University a decade to confirm that the plant—dubbed the "Spiranthes hachijoensis"—was a previously unknown species.

"It was a surprise to discover a new species of spiranthes, which is so common that you can see it in parks, gardens and among potted plants," lead researcher Kenji Suetsugu told AFP Thursday.

Some of the samples were "from potted and gardens", including ones kept at a in Japan's central Gifu region, the phytology professor said.

"From its curious look and dainty blooms that resemble glasswork, this flower has long been loved by people," the university said in a .

The plant, with its spiraling blossoms, was even mentioned in Japan's oldest anthology of poems, the eighth-century "Manyoshu".

The discovery of the new type of spiranthes, sometimes known as "ladies' tresses", was announced last week in the Journal of Plant Research. It was given the name "hachijoensis" because many samples were found on Tokyo's Hachijojima island.

The new species of orchid was discovered by Japanese scientists, who found the pink and white plant hiding in plain sight in gar
The new species of orchid was discovered by Japanese scientists, who found the pink and white plant hiding in plain sight in gardens and parks.

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