How orchids inspired Darwin — and provided warning signs of environmental degradation

How orchids inspired Darwin — and provided warning signs of environmental degradation
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Orchids form an extensive family – more than 25,000 species have been described

Every year, Kew Gardens – the botanic gardens in London, in the United Kingdom – holds an orchid festival with a specific theme.

In the 2024 edition, the event organizers decided to honor Madagascar. Artists used more than 5,000 orchids and other organic materials to create sculptures, arches and arrangements illustrating the fauna and flora of this African island.

Along with other media, BBC News Brazil was able to access the greenhouse where the pieces were assembled before the exhibition opened to the public.

On this occasion, the scientists responsible for the care and study of these plants also shared the most curious scientific facts about orchids.

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