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UP biologists discover “the smallest among giant flowers”

R. consueloae Image 1 Photo by Edwino S. Fernando with a ruler behind to show scale
A new species of Rafflesia, with an average diameter of 9.73 centimeters has been discovered by a team of UP biologists near the Pantabangan Masiway Hydroelectric Power Plant (PMHEP) in Nueva Ecjia. This amazing new discovery now holds the world record of being the smallest among giant flowers. Named Rafflesia consueloae, this new species has been published in the open access journal Phytokeys last 25 February 2016. The Rafflesia consueloae is found only in the Philippines and so far thrives in only two sites in the …

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Finding plants that eat metals: The story behind this important new discovery

Rinoreaniccolifera Fernando, shown as a nickel hyperaccumulator by a field test using filter paper impregnated with 1% dimethylglyoxime dissolved in 95% ethanol. Scale bar = 10 mm. Fernando 2421 (LBC). Photograph by Edwino S. Fernando.
Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered a new plant species with an unusual lifestyle — it eats nickel for a living — accumulating up to 18,000 ppm of nickel in its leaves without itself being poisoned, says Professor Edwino Fernando, botanist and lead author of the report. Such an amount is approximately a thousand times higher than in most other plants.
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