Family Orchidaceae

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for their time, plant transport, and knowledge.


   Orchids belong to the family Orchidaceae. There are in excess of 35,000 species of orchids known. The only more universally distributed family is the grass family. Orchids have 3 petals, one known as the lip, as well as 3 sepals. The stamen and pistil are fused onto one column, making the orchid an unsual monoecious plant. The reproductive column is found inside the lip.
   Orchids are generally not self-pollinating flowers, nor wind-pollinating and they normally rely on the pollen being transferred to another plant by a pollinator such as insects, bats, or birds. The fragrance, color, arrangement, feel and nectary are all used to attract a pollinator, each according to their local environment.
   Orchid comes from the name of a genus, orchus, whose pseudobulbs were thought to resemble male testicles. Due to the superstitions of the times, it was thought that the plants were an aphrodisiac that relieved sexual dysfunction. Not all orchids have pseudobulbs, and those that do vary greatly in shape based on location, climate and need for water storage.

In this picture:
(Left to right, top to bottom)

     Cattleya (hybrid)
     Cymbidium (hybrid)
     Zygopedilum Imagination (hybrid)
     Masdevallia Hoosier Angel (hybrid) (no link)
     Colmanara Wildcat 'Bobcat' AM/AOS(hybrid)
     Phragmapedeum longifolium var.
     Phaleonopsis (hybrid)
     Paphiopedilum Hamana (hybrid)
     Odontoglossum Rawdon Jester (hybrid)
     Encyclia cochlea
     Vanda coerulea

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