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‘I wanted to keep them like my babies’: A Wknd interview with orchid man AN Rao

He started out wanting to discover at least one new species; he found 35 in as many years in the north-east. He has now received a Padma Shri for his efforts.

Abbareddy Nageswara Rao and two of the endemic species he discovered: (From top) The Thrixspermum indicum, which grows on other plants; and the Cymbidium henbungense, which spends most of its life underground.
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 02:09 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena
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