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Cryptobotany (Greek κρυπτός, kryptos, "hidden" + botany; roughly, "study of hidden plants") is the search for plant, fungi, and algae forms that have eluded scientific study and classification, and particularly living specimens of such forms that are folkloric or legendary. The field is a counter-part to cryptozoology, which focuses on animals of similarly unverified character.


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