World Land Trust auctions naming of new orchid species

Each name – for five of the 10 species discovered – is hoped to fetch £15,000

High in the Andean cloud forests of central Ecuador, the World Land Trust (WLT) has discovered 10 new species of micro orchid, some of the smallest plants in the world. The naming rights to five of these vibrant yellow, orange and deep purple blooms will become available to buy on December 1 on a first-come first-served basis, with each orchid expected to fetch up to £15,000.

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The WLT is dedicated to protecting biologically important and threatened environments; proceeds from the sale will support the conservation of this exceptional South American area and others like it. “In the time-honoured tradition of naming a new species after pioneers, adventurers and explorers, it seems fitting to name these orchids after the individual who has helped fund the protection of their precious habitat,” says WLT patron David Attenborough.

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