Dr. Miguel David de Leon, an eye surgeon and field biologist from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, has just discovered and presented a new orchid species. Aerides upcmae was named after his alma mater, the UP College of Medicine.

The said orchid was discovered and photographed sometime in December 2019 by Dr. de Leon in Bukidnon and reportedly endemic to the province. It was confirmed as a new orchid species just last week. See photos of the stunningly spectacular orchid below.

photo by Miguel David de Leon
photo by Miguel David de Leon

Read the full details and photos from Orchideen Journal HERE.

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