Newly Discovered Orchid Smells Like Champagne

Johan and his team set out to see the orchid and it took them four days to travel to the site, on the western side of the Tsaratanana Mountains, from the Madagascan capital Antananarivo. The trip was in Johan’s words a ‘gamble’ because the plant only flowers for a month or so during the rainy season and flowering could easily have been missed. Johan says there are a couple of hundred Cynorkis christae visible along the road where the orchid was discovered, growing on steep slopes and rock faces. “It has caused an immense amount of amusement to the people living in the area, with so many people taking such an interest in the plants,” says Johan. “It is like a group of people suddenly studying the daisies growing in your front lawn.” (Click on title for full story.)