AN Rao, retired director of the Centre for Orchid Gene Conservation of Eastern Himalayan Region, Manipur, is making it to the record books for discovering 35 new species of orchids, the maximum number discovered by an individual in the country.
All the discoveries are new to the science of orchids in the world and will help enhance the medicinal and floral value of these exquisite blooms from India. While the authorship of 20 of these new finds was by Rao individually, 15 discoveries were in conjunction with others. All the new finds are from North-Eastern Himalayas.
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