Unlikely as it may seem, The Telegraph have reported on a new plant species which was reportedly discovered on the Social Media website Facebook after a photo posted by an amateur researcher was spotted by scientists.
The plant in question is a massive carnivorous plant, which can grow up to one-and-a-half metres in length.
Reginaldo Vasconcelos photographed the plant ( a sundew)in a jungle on a mountain top in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, in 2013, and posted it on his Facebook page.
Botanical experts were quick to identify the plant as a new species, allocating it the name of Magnificent Sundew, or Drosera magnifica.
Drosera magnifica is the largest sundew and the second largest carnivores plant in the Americas.
Botanical researchers have commented that the way that people are sharing images of plants for identification is helping the study of plant species, and obviously is helping in new plant discoveries…