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UK’s Kew tribute to Costa Rica at annual orchid fest

UK’s Kew tribute to Costa Rica at annual orchid fest

LONDON, Feb 5 — Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew unveiled its annual orchid festival Thursday, turning a sliver of southwest London into a riot of tropical colour and flora celebrating biodiversity hotspot Costa Rica.

Kew’s 26th orchid showcase, opening Saturday, has this year been themed around the central American country hailed for conservation and features more than 5,000 orchids, some native to the nation on the Panama isthmus.

They include the national flower, a critically endangered orchid — named Guarianthe skinneri — bearing pink-purple petals and found in humid forests on tree trunks and branches or on granite cliff banks at some altitudes.

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