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Shanghai and Wuhan botanists discover new gastrodia species in Africa



Experts from Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden and Wuhan Botanical Garden discovered a new species of gastrodia plant during a scientific investigation in Africa and named it “Nitianma” in Chinese.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The finding was published on the latest issue of the international botany journal “Phytotaxa.”

Experts from Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden and Wuhan Botanical Garden discovered a new species of gastrodia plant during a scientific investigation in Africa

The finding was published on the latest issue of the international botany journal “Phytotaxa.”

The 20-day investigation was conducted in Madagascar in September 2017. First, the scientists identified a gastrodia plant that was rather different from the kind commonly seen in the country and were able to confirm it as a new species later.

There are around 90 gastrodia species in the world, found mainly in India and East Asia. They all live in damp environment and survive on symbiotic fungus.

The newly-discovered species is the first investigation outcome by the China-Africa research team in Madagascar. It has expanded the plant’s family and provided valuable materials for the science of biogeography.

The 20-day investigation was conducted in Madagascar in September 2017. First, the scientists identified a gastrodia plant that was rather different from the kind commonly seen in the country and were able to confirm it as a new species later.

There are around 90 gastrodia species in the world, found mainly in India and East Asia. They all live in damp environment and survive on symbiotic fungus.

The newly-discovered species is the first investigation outcome by the China-Africa research team in Madagascar. It has expanded the plant’s family and provided valuable materials for the science of biogeography.

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