A new species is reported in “The Forest Mirror”Journal Myanmar

New Finding of Orchid species, Bulbophyllum putaonensis, is reported in “The Forest Mirror”Journal Myanmar

“The Forest Mirror”Journal is an official newsletter of Forest Department that announces the performances of Forest Department and related organizations to extend forestry and environmental knowledge to public. In “The Forest Mirror” Journal: July edition, a new finding of orchid species “Bulbophyllum putaonensis” is reported as a success of the collaboration between Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), Myanmar. 

Bulbophyllum putaonensis, a new species of Myanmar, Kachin State, was found during the field expeditions in the Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary conducted by Associate Professor LIU Qiang, researcher of Xishaungbana Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS, in cooperation with Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar. This field expedition was funded by the project of Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The genus Bulbophyllum Thouars (1822: 3) is among the largest genus of Orchidaceae, including more than 2,200 species and widely distributed from tropical America, Africa, Madagascar, and mainland Asia to Australasia. There are several centers of species diversity, including Madagascar (200 species), New Guinea (600 species), and continental Asia (400 species). Myanmar is also one of the diversity centers, contains about 109 species of this genus.

This new species was only found in the Kachin State, Myanmar. Epiphytic on the treein tropical mountain rain forest, which associates tree species including Altingia excels (Altingiaceae), Knemalinifolia(Myristicaceae), Elaeocarpusvarunua (Elaeocarpaceae), Goniothalamussp (Annonaceae), Beilschmiediasp (Lauraceae).


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