Orchid seeds are by far the smallest in the flowering plant kingdom but to compensate for this, they are produced in vast quantities. For example, Dactylorhiza maculata each capsule contains about 6,200 seeds. Cymbidium has 1,500,000, Maxillaria about 1,700,000 and Cattleya up to 5 million seeds per capsule.
An unbloomed young orchid.
A white flower with a colored lip.
Term used to refer to orchids that grow near or on the ground in extremely loose, open substrate.
A modified leaf that encloses an emerging inflorescence or leaf.
Genetic variants arising from tissue culture.
A kind of plant that is distinct from other plants.
A group of living things that appear to have common ancestry so closely related that their characteristics definitely separate them all from any other group; a further division of a genus.
A part of the plant that supports something else.
The male, pollen
Loose term for "meristem propagation" or the plant that results from this technique.
Sticky area of the pistil of a flower that receives the pollen.
The breathing pores on the surface of a plant's leaves.
Term used to describe pesticides or fungicides that are taken up by plant leaves and growths and then work from within the plant.