Excerpt from original article published October 18, 2006—-
Scientists from the conservation nonprofit WWF discovered at least eight new species of orchid while surveying previously unexplored forests in the Kikori region on the southern coast of New Guinea’s principal island.
Over the course of three expeditions, the scientists collected some 300 orchid species, 8 of which have been confirmed as new to science, with 20 more still awaiting verification as new varieties.
“There are over 3,000 known species found here with countless varieties undoubtedly yet to be discovered.”
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