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Subject: Web Information On The Topic Of Orchids
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: infocdn-ga
List Price: $65.00
Posted: 13 Aug 2005 06:49 PDT
Expires: 12 Sep 2005 06:49 PDT
Question ID: 555281

I am looking for a listing of the most common Orchid plants. With this
listing I am looking for a brief description for each.

Along with that, I am looking for a listing of the best websites and
online resources related to this topic along with a brief history and
description of an Orchid.

Subject: Re: Web Information On The Topic Of Orchids
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 13 Aug 2005 11:38 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The American Orchid Society is the world?s leading provider of
information about and related to orchids.

They offer informative culture sheets for the most popular cultivated
orchid genera.












Orchid Options offers information and photos of different orchid genera.

Cattleya Alliance








Vanda Culture


Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia 

Over 5347 species in 585 genera with cultural notes and plant locations.

Scroll down to the center of the page for the alphabetical species search.

?Orchid species listed alphabetically, you can go from species to
species by scrolling to the top or bottom of any page to find another
alphabet bar such as this one below. All names are listed
alphabetically including synonyms, so if you see your plant name
without a link, there will be a reference there to proceed to the name
that is on the list with a link to the picture as well as cultural
information for your species.?

Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia

See the orchid species glossary here


Orchid Options provides highlights of orchid history

?The following compilation of orchid historic facts are the result of
a period of research undertaken by the then Show Secretary of the
North of England Orchid Society during 1990-1993.?

?This publication is presented dealing with the pre-historic period
Before Christ (B.C.); through to the twentieth century; in datal -
year by year order.?

Orchid Options

Direct links:

Events from Beginning to 1 BC

Events from 1 AD to 1599 AD

Events from 1600 to 1699

Events from 1700 to 1799

Events from 1800 to 1850

Events from 1850 to 1899

Events from 1900 to 1925

Events from 1925 to 1993

Life of John Clowes

The Life of James Bateman

The Life of George Uri Skinner

The Life of Carl Linnaeus


From Wikipedia:

?Orchids get their name from the Greek orchis, meaning 'testicle',
from the appearance of subterranean tuberoids in some terrestrial
species. The word 'orchis' was first used by Theophrastos (372/371 -
287/286 BC), in his book "De historia plantarum" (The natural history
of plants). He was a student of Aristotle and is considered the father
of botany and ecology.?



History of Orchids

?The name orchid derives from the Greek word for testicles = orchis.
In his work Investigations of Plants, Theophrastus (370-285 BC) used
the term to describe a group of plants with testicle-like roots, which
are today known as Orchidaceae. This ancient text thus became the
source of the name of an entire family of plants.?

Read more here:

Maljonic's Dreams


A Short History of Orchids


Orchids in European History


The book ?A History of the Orchid? by Merle A. Reinikka available at Amazon:

?Reinikka gives readers all the important dates, names, and incidents
relevant to the historical role of orchids. Part one chronicles
historical development; it is an engrossing history and Reinikka
traces it in great detail. Included in this section is an explanation
of the classification of orchids, early methods of orchid cultivation,
the commercial development of the genera, its hybridization and
scientific application, and a chronological guide to orchid literature
beginning in 1228. Part two is nearly 200 pages of biographical
sketches of 50 significant figures in orchid history, covering their
contributions to the field, beginning with botanist Carl von Linne
(1707^-78). With 73 black-and-white illustrations, this is a book no
orchid grower should be without.?

Purchase at Amazon


Interesting facts about orchids

?Orchids were the 'must have' accessory of the 1800s

Tropical orchids are now widely available, but in 19th century Britain
they were a new and mysterious plant!

In 1818, a box sent from Rio de Janeiro by William Swainson contained
orchids as a packing material. One of these was brought to flower and
later named as Cattleya labiata.
The Victorians were astounded by this flower!

This plant, perhaps more than any other, was responsible for the
orchid craze that followed.

The first plants of each new species brought back to England fetched
high prices. The largest amount ever recorded was in 1890 when 1,500
was paid for one orchid, that is equivalent to around 96,500 today!?

Read more here: 


List of Orchidaceae genera

?List of genera in the Orchid family (Orchidaceae), originally
according to The Families of Flowering Plants - L. Watson and M. J.
Dallwitz. This list is adapted on regular basis with the changes
published in the Orchid Research Newsletter, published twice a year by
the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.?


Orchid Genus Names

At the following link you will find a list of names for each orchid
genus followed by its abbreviated name. Under FORMULA "Natural" is an
indication of a naturally occurring genus. Otherwise it shows which
genuses are crossed to produce that one.


Orchid photos


The orchid mall provides a wealth of information.

Links to orchid societies around the world by region

Links to orchid photography sites

Pointers to reading and informational sites


Links to orchid publications, pictures, taxonomy, information sources,
pests, diseases and more.


More photographs and information from Odom's Orchids, Inc:

Cattleya Mericlones (Page 1 of 13)

Phalaenopsis Mericlones (Page 1 of 3)

Dendrobium Mericlones

Oncidium Alliance (Page 1 of 3)

Vandaceous Meristems

Paphiopedilum & Phragmipedium Species & Hybrids (Page 1 of 2)
Bare Root Cattleya Mericlones (Page 1 of 3)

Search terms used: 
Orchids history
Orchids Resources, information organizations, society

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
infocdn-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Hi Bobbie7-ga, 

Your work is great! Thanks so much. Wow are you fast. 


Subject: Re: Web Information On The Topic Of Orchids
From: bobbie7-ga on 13 Aug 2005 17:01 PDT
Thank you very much for the five stars and tip!

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