Europe's rarest orchid rediscovered in the Azores

December 10, 2013 4:04 PM

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Europe's rarest orchid rediscovered in the Azores

Europe's rarest species of orchid has been rediscovered on a single volcanic ridge in the Azores, claim scientists.

The new species, known as Hochstetter's butterfly-orchid, was first found in 1838 but had escaped official recognition for almost two centuries.

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