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Orchidaceae, commonly referred to as the Orchid family, is a morphologically diverse and widespread family of monocots in the order Asparagales. It is currently believed to be the second largest family of flowering plants (only the Asteraceae is larger), with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera. The number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. It also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).

The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus) and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.


  • millymuso
    millymusoover 3 years ago

    stunning calendar!

  • Thank you Milly

    – Michael Cummings

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    Great Idea…a calender of Orchids & they’re all beautiful!!!

  • Thank you very much Lorraine

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jacinthe Brault
    Jacinthe Braultover 3 years ago

    Beautiful collection of pictures Michael. We did you come to Montreal? Did you also go to the butterfly exhibit?

  • We went on the 26th of February and plan to go back on April 1st to get more shots in the Butterfly Exhibit and then spend the rest of the day in the greenhouses getting more tropical shots. It would be nice to see you guys again if you can make the 1st. We just did a spur of the moment decision to go to Montreal last time so did not have time to plan a get together.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful collection for this super calendar Michael.

  • Thank you very much Mark

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and so perfect for the calendar!

  • Thank you very much Flowers

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    Your welcome Michael.

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    What a stunning calendar this is, well done Michael !

  • Thank you Trish

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    April 12,2011

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