The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with colorful and fragrant blooms, commonly known as theorchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera. Selecting which of the two families is larger is still under debate, as concrete numbers on such enormous families is constantly in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. Thee family 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 asPhalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars
WELLINGTON ORCHID SHOW
Here I have more of my photos taken at the Wellington Orchid Show October 14, 2012