Over the past ten years, 21 new orchid species (including this Coelogyne pantlingii
) have been discovered in the Eastern Himalaya, according to a WWF report released in August 2009.
Indian botanist Sudhizong Lucksom discovered the white C. pantlingii
in 2005 in the mountainous state of Sikkim, where several of the other new orchids were also found.
Lucksom later wrote a book celebrating Sikkim's orchids, flowers that he said are "the worlds most highly used, abused, and indiscriminately exploited plant for its exquisite beauty, brilliant myriad colors, fragrance, and medicinal value."
Photograph courtesy Sudhizong Lucksom/WWF Nepal