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orchid family

n.
A large family of epiphytic or terrestrial perennial plants, the Orchidaceae, found chiefly in the tropics and subtropics and characterized by bilaterally symmetrical, showy flowers often highly specialized to attract pollinators, and minute seeds.
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Noun1.orchid family - enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowersorchid family - enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowers
liliopsid family, monocot family - family of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
Orchidales, order Orchidales - order of plants with irregular flowers having minute seeds: Orchidaceae; Burmanniaceae
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Orchis - type genus of the orchid family; hardy terrestrial orchids of the temperate the northern hemisphere
genus Aerides - epiphytic orchids of tropical Asia having stiff leaves and fragrant white flowers in arching racemes
Angraecum, genus Angraecum, genus Angrecum - genus of tropical Old World epiphytic orchids with showy flowers sometimes grotesque
Anoectochilus, genus Anoectochilus - genus of delicate Asiatic orchids
Aplectrum, genus Aplectrum - a monocotyledonous genus of the family Orchidaceae
genus Arethusa - genus of bog orchids of North America and Japan
genus Bletia - genus of tropical American terrestrial orchids with large purple or pink flowers
Bletilla, genus Bletilla - small genus of chiefly east Asiatic hardy terrestrial orchids similar to genus Bletia
genus Brassavola - genus of tropical American epiphytic or lithophytic rhizomatous orchids
Brassia, genus Brassia - genus of tropical American epiphytic orchids having striking axillary racemes of yellow to green spiderlike flowers with long slender sepals and warty lips: spider orchids
genus Caladenia - terrestrial orchids of Australia to New Caledonia
genus Calanthe - large and widely distributed genus of terrestrial orchids
Calopogon, genus Calopogon - terrestrial orchids of North America
genus Calypso - one species found throughout much of northern North America and Eurasia
Catasetum, genus Catasetum - genus of tropical American orchids having showy male and female flowers usually on separate inflorescences
genus Cattleya - large and highly valued genus of beautiful tropical American epiphytic or lithophytic orchids; the typical orchids; known in many varieties
Cephalanthera, genus Cephalanthera - small genus of temperate Old World terrestrial orchids
Cleistes, genus Cleistes - terrestrial orchids of North and South America having slender fibrous roots; allied to genus Pogonia
Coeloglossum, genus Coeloglossum - terrestrial orchids of cooler parts of North America and Europe: satyr orchid
genus Coelogyne - large diverse genus of tropical Asiatic epiphytic orchids
Corallorhiza, genus Corallorhiza - genus of leafless root-parasitic orchids having small purplish or yellowish racemose flowers with lobed lips; widely distributed in temperate regions
Coryanthes, genus Coryanthes - small genus of tropical American epiphytic or lithophytic orchids
Cycnoches, genus Cycnoches - genus of epiphytic or terrestrial tropical American orchids
genus Cymbidium - genus of tropical epiphytic or terrestrial Old World orchids; one of the most popular orchid genera
Cypripedium, genus Cypripedium - genus of chiefly American perennial leafy-stemmed orchids: lady's slippers; sometimes includes species of genus Paphiopedilum
Dactylorhiza, genus Dactylorhiza - genus of terrestrial orchids of Europe and Asia and North Africa
genus Dendrobium - large genus and variable genus of chiefly epiphytic or lithophytic orchids of tropical and subtropical Asia and Australasia
genus Disa - genus of showy tropical African terrestrial orchids
Dracula, genus Dracula - comprises tropical American species usually placed in genus Masdevallia: diminutive plants having bizarre and often sinister-looking flowers with pendulous scapes and motile lips
Dryadella, genus Dryadella - comprises tropical American species usually placed in genus Masdevallia: very dwarf plants having short tufted and usually unifoliate stems with usually solitary flowers
Eburophyton, genus Eburophyton - a monocotyledonous genus of the family Orchidaceae
Encyclia, genus Encyclia - large genus of epiphytic and lithophytic orchids of tropical and subtropical Americas and West Indies; formerly included in genus Epidendrum
Epidendrum, genus Epidendrum - large and variable genus of terrestrial or epiphytic or lithophytic orchids of tropical and subtropical Americas; some native to United States
Epipactis, genus Epipactis - genus of hardy orchids with leafy-bracted racemes of greenish or purplish irregular flowers
genus Glossodia, Glossodia - small genus of Australian orchids
genus Goodyera, Goodyera - genus of small orchids of the northern hemisphere with creeping rhizomes and stalked ovate leaves and small flowers
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- Terry Clark, Motherwell This sounds like a helleborine, which is a member of the orchid family. There are several and all appear similar, but growing in these conditions, it may be the broad-leaved helleborine.
Tropical epiphytic orchids constitute more than two-thirds of the orchid family (Atwood, 1986; Gravendeel et al., 2004), yet orchid germination studies have rarely focused on epiphytes.
The orchid family is one of the largest family of flowering plants in the world - it is estimated there are over 25,000 different species, some as small as a penny, others weigh up to a tonne!
Toscano deBrito, will shed light on the mysteries of the orchid family, from its myriad forms to its varied scents.
But what most Mississippi gardeners and orchid enthusiasts do not know is that Mississippi is home to many native species of the orchid family, Orchidaceae, and many of these wild orchids are quite rare and beautiful.
It wouldn't be an obvious choice I suspect, but look upon this book as your favourite pair of loafers -- the ones you wear when you don't need extra stress.Opening with a fantastic chapter on 'Kitchen Wisdom' and accompanied by Mary's no-nonsense, no fuss advice on preparing ahead, each fool-proof meal in this book is made easy but also interesting for both novice and advance cook (I had forgotten vanilla pods come from the orchid family).
The 250 color plates showcase the orchid family, the ginger family, the complexity and beauty of flowers, plant adaptations, and unusual specimens from the Smithsonian's collection.
Central streets in the capital were decorated with national flags and placards commemorating the birthday of the founder, who died in 1994, while piles of "Kimilsungia," a purple flower of the orchid family named after him, were put on display in hotel lobbies and many other places.
The specimen has been identified as belonging to the Bulbophyllum genus, which - with about 2,000 species - is the largest group in the orchid family.
In addition to documenting plant life, Yazbek says that the walks aim "to increase the awareness of the diversity of plants that we have here C* the orchid family is the biggest family in flowering plants, it has about 30,000 species.
With more than 21,000 known species, the orchid family is the second largest family of plants; only the aster family is larger.