New star-shaped flower found at national park in southern Thailand’s Ranong

A new flower was reportedly discovered at a national park in the southern province of Ranong. The white star-shaped flower with six to seven points was named the “Cute Star Flower,” or “Dara Pilas” in Thai. The flower was found at the Ngao Waterfall National Park.

Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced on its Facebook page that the United States’ PeerJ journal acknowledged the newly-discovered plant under the scientific name Lasianthus ranongensis Sinbumroong & Napiroon. It was named after forest specialist for the Department of National Parks, Arun Sinbumroong, and Dr Thiewthawat Napiroon of Biotechnology Department at Thammasart University.

According to Nation Thailand, the flower is rich in Scopoletin, which is used in traditional Chinese Medicine to treat rheumatic arthritis.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation says the department and a “research team are looking into ways of multiplying this plant in the areas, possibly by using biotechnology.”

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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