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Malaysia: found after 150 years the plant discovered by Beccari

In Florence the only testimonial of it before the new rediscovery

The peculiar plant, similar to others in the world and called “fairy lanterns”, has returned to the attention of the scientific world because it was found again in 2017, after a century and a half, by a team of researchers from the Czech Republic Borneo, practically in the same places visited by the Tuscan naturalist.

The news is reported in a recent article in “Phytotaxa”, also the subject of the interest of numerous Italian media. In the work, scholars praise the investigative skills of Beccari and the fundamental contributions to the knowledge of the flora of Southeast Asia provided by the Florentine naturalist, who also reproduced the Thismia neptunis in a beautiful illustration, published together with his research in the journal “Malaysia” in 1878.

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23 March 2018