According to Japan Times website, a new species of carnivorous plants discovered in Aichi prefecture, is located on Japan's southern coast.
This plant belongs to the sundews. it has purple red flower. At first, it was thought that this was a variant of the white flower Drosera indica - an endangered Japanese plant that grows naturally from India to Japan.
However, a professor of plant classification at Aichi Education University, Japan, Mikio Watanabe, who also discovered the plant, said it was a completely new plant. The claim was made after he analyzed the gene.
New carnivorous plants discovered in Japan. (Photo: PopSci)
Some writers of the PopSci website seem to suspect that this is a new species. They cite that Japan Times, the newspaper reporting on the plant, did not mention the kind of genetic analysis that Professor Watanabe conducted to confirm this was a new species.
Meanwhile, Professor Watanabe said he will conduct research to see why this tree appears in Japan and why it is easily confused with others.