On a Philippine mountain, researchers describe a ‘fire flower’ orchid species

  • A new wild orchid species, Dendrochilum ignisiflorum, has been described in the Philippine province of Benguet in the northern Cordilleras mountain range.
  • This fiery orange orchid belongs to a genus found in high-elevation forests in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines, Borneo and Sumatra.
  • The scientists who described it say the species is threatened by climate change, which could make its niche range uninhabitable.
  • The mountain where it’s found is also an increasingly popular tourist spot, while the forests in the area around it are being cleared for agriculture.

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