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Orchids are a diverse and cosmopolitan family of monocot flowering plants belonging to the order Asparagales and family Orchidaceae. Considered as one of the largest families of flowering plants, there are at present nearly 22,000 identified orchid species. The name is derived from the Greek word "├│rkhis" (which literally means "testicle") and was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in "School Botany."

The orchid family includes Vanilla, Orchis, and several plants popular as home and park ornaments such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Though occurring in almost every habitat throughout the world, most orchids can be found in the tropics mainly in Asia, South America, and Central America. There are also species growing in locations above the Arctic Circle, in southern Patagonia, and even on Macquarie Island, close to Antarctica.

Easily distinguishable from other plants, a vast majority of orchid species share very conspicuous similar characteristics. They are perennial herbs without a permanent woody structure, bilaterally symmetric, and have very small seeds, fused stamens and carpels, and a labellum that is always highly modified.
  • AOS Cymbidium Culture Sheet

    Includes orchid care, photos, species and links.

  • BellaOnline Orchids

    Contains book reviews, orchids glossary, associations and organizations and forums.

  • Carsten's Orchid-Depot

    Provides orchid care, breeding, supplies, plus books, shop and links.

  • Orchid Digest

    Publication featuring information on orchid cultivation.

  • Orchid Flower HQ

    Provides information a number of orchid varieties including information on cultivating and propagating them.

  • The Orchid Mall

    Directory of information, resources, and links devoted to orchids and their cultivation.

  • Orchid Mania

    Volunteer organization of orchid enthusiasts concerned about HIV/AIDS in the global community.

  • Orchid Photos

    Features hundreds of orchid photos of stunning flowers from both AOS judging and private collections.

  • OrchidWire

    Searchable database of orchid information and resources.

  • World Orchid Conference Trust

    Responsible for the annual conference. Includes history, schedule, responsibilities, awards, galleries, and venue selection.

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