BAREILLY: Eulophia obtusa, a rare orchid species, also known as ‘ground orchid’, has been rediscovered after 118 years in the forests of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in India by a forest department team along with wildlife experts.
The group was on an inspection of the forests when the flowers of this rare species caught their attention. It is listed as “critically endangered” as per IUCN Red List of endangered species. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) has also included this plan as a rare species and kept it in Tier-2 list and its trade is prohibited.
In India, this species was last sighted in Pilibhit in 1902 and there is a documented record in Kew Herbarium in England. Though species of this plant was sighted in Bangladesh in 2008 and 2014, the colour of the flowers was different.
Field director Sanjay Pathak along with Dr Mudit Gupta, state coordinator WWF-India, Fazlur Rahman, co-ordinator Katarniaghat foundation, and Yash Pathak are the members of the team that rediscovered this species. Rahman had rediscovered the rare Red Kukri snake in DTR in July 2012.
Source: Headlines News