Facebook 'discovers' a new plant species

Written By: GizBot Bureau

When an amateur researcher posted a picture of a plant on Facebook, little did he realise that it could be a new plant species in the world "discovered on Facebook".

Facebook 'discovers' a new plant species

Amateur researcher Reginaldo Vasconcelos who clicked the plant in a jungle on a mountain top in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, decided to post it on the social networking site for his friends' amusement.

SEE ALSO: Top 8 Smartphones and Tablets launched in India This Week

When circulated, the image reached the experts at the Bavarian State Collection for Botany in Munich who identified the sundew plant as a new species and named it "drosera magnifica" (magnificent sundew), Telegraph reported.

"It is the first plant that was discovered on Facebook. It is the largest sundew in the Americas, and the second-largest carnivorous plant in the Americas," Andreas Fleischmann from the Bavarian State Collection, Germany, was quoted as saying.

The huge carnivorous plant can grow up to one-and-a-half metres in length.

Photographs are publicly shared on internet discussion groups hosted by social networks, forums and other websites.

Facebook 'discovers' a new plant species

"It unites amateurs and professionals in their common interests of plant identification and taxonomy, frequently resulting in the discovery of new regional records," the authors wrote.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J7 Now Available on Flipkart At Rs 14,999: Top 10 Mid-range Smartphone Rivals

This is "the first plant species to be recorded as being discovered through photographs on a social network", they added.

The results were published in the journal Phytotaxa.

Source IANS

Read More About facebook | social media

Recommended Stories
Opinion Poll

Stay updated with latest technology news & gadget reviews - Gizbot