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Orchid
Orchid
Orchid (Orchidaceae)
Orchid are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
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Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Orchid
species

Exploring the Orchid Plants

8 most common species:
Vanda
Vanda
Vanda is a genus of orchid plants containing about 80 species from southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago. They grow primarily in well-lit forests, and as such, many species are endangered due to deforestation. Though Vanda flowers are popular as potted plants, the collection and export of wild examples is prohibited.
Phalaenopsis
Moth orchids
Moth orchids are members of the genus, Phalaenopsis. These Asian and Australian species often produce large, ornate flowers that have made them among the most popular orchids among gardeners. Though natural moth orchids are found almost exclusively in tropical zones, they can adapt to other climates in a garden setting.
Dendrobium
Dendrobium
Dendrobium is a genus of Asian and Austronesian orchids. Most species in this grouping are either epiphytic or lithophytic, meaning they grow on the surfaces of other plants or rocks, respectively, and do not necessarily need soil. In fact, "Dendrobium" is derived from the Greek words for "life" and "tree" - it effectively means "life from the tree."
Cymbidium
Boat orchid
The boat orchids are a genus of orchid flowers from Asia and Australia. The scientific name, Cymbidium, means "little boat" or "little bowl," and was given for the shape many species' flowers take.
Mystacidium
Mystacidium
Mystacidium are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Cyrtostylis
Cyrtostylis
Cyrtostylis are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Sarcoglottis
Sarcoglottis
Sarcoglottis are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Acrolophia
Acrolophia
Acrolophia are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.

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Vanda
Vanda
Vanda
Vanda is a genus of orchid plants containing about 80 species from southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago. They grow primarily in well-lit forests, and as such, many species are endangered due to deforestation. Though Vanda flowers are popular as potted plants, the collection and export of wild examples is prohibited.
Moth orchids
Phalaenopsis
Moth orchids
Moth orchids are members of the genus, Phalaenopsis. These Asian and Australian species often produce large, ornate flowers that have made them among the most popular orchids among gardeners. Though natural moth orchids are found almost exclusively in tropical zones, they can adapt to other climates in a garden setting.
Dendrobium
Dendrobium
Dendrobium
Dendrobium is a genus of Asian and Austronesian orchids. Most species in this grouping are either epiphytic or lithophytic, meaning they grow on the surfaces of other plants or rocks, respectively, and do not necessarily need soil. In fact, "Dendrobium" is derived from the Greek words for "life" and "tree" - it effectively means "life from the tree."
Boat orchid
Cymbidium
Boat orchid
The boat orchids are a genus of orchid flowers from Asia and Australia. The scientific name, Cymbidium, means "little boat" or "little bowl," and was given for the shape many species' flowers take.
Mystacidium
Mystacidium
Mystacidium
Mystacidium are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Cyrtostylis
Cyrtostylis
Cyrtostylis
Cyrtostylis are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Sarcoglottis
Sarcoglottis
Sarcoglottis
Sarcoglottis are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Acrolophia
Acrolophia
Acrolophia
Acrolophia are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Platycoryne
Platycoryne
Platycoryne
Platycoryne are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Pheladenia
Pheladenia
Pheladenia
Pheladenia are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Oeonia
Oeonia
Oeonia
Oeonia are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Achlydosa
Achlydosa
Achlydosa
Achlydosa are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
Orchidaceae
Orchid are a family of over 25,000 species and are famous for their stunning and diverse blooms. Their flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators such as bees, flies, and hummingbirds. Many orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants rather than in soil, and are found in a variety of ecosystems from tropical rainforests to arctic tundras.
Lifespan
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Plant Type
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Orchid
species

Exploring the Orchid Plants

8 most common species:
Vanda
Vanda
Vanda is a genus of orchid plants containing about 80 species from southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago. They grow primarily in well-lit forests, and as such, many species are endangered due to deforestation. Though Vanda flowers are popular as potted plants, the collection and export of wild examples is prohibited.
Phalaenopsis
Moth orchids
Moth orchids are members of the genus, Phalaenopsis. These Asian and Australian species often produce large, ornate flowers that have made them among the most popular orchids among gardeners. Though natural moth orchids are found almost exclusively in tropical zones, they can adapt to other climates in a garden setting.
Dendrobium
Dendrobium
Dendrobium is a genus of Asian and Austronesian orchids. Most species in this grouping are either epiphytic or lithophytic, meaning they grow on the surfaces of other plants or rocks, respectively, and do not necessarily need soil. In fact, "Dendrobium" is derived from the Greek words for "life" and "tree" - it effectively means "life from the tree."
Cymbidium
Boat orchid
The boat orchids are a genus of orchid flowers from Asia and Australia. The scientific name, Cymbidium, means "little boat" or "little bowl," and was given for the shape many species' flowers take.
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popular genus

More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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