(From original article by Rachel Kaufman, via National Geographic News)
December 3, 2009–The world’s smallest known orchid (pictured)—just over 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) across and nearly see-through—has been discovered nestled in the roots of another flower in Ecuador…
Lou Jost, an ecologist with the EcoMinga plant-conservation foundation, has studied the plants of the South American country’s mountainous forests for 15 years.
Earlier [in 2009] he’d collected an orchid of a larger species to study in his greenhouse. “Several months later I saw this tiny plant,” he said.
Find the rest of this article at National Geographic.
Another article, from The Independent.