Monday, February 4, 2008
Number of species: About 50
Reichenbach f. 1865; tribe Vandeae,subtribe Aerangidinea.
Form: Leaves vary from dark green to soft gray, growing monopodially (upward from a single point). Aerial roots many; gray covered with green chlorophyll beneath, enabling the plant to photosynthesize with both leaves and roots. Size variable, some species being substantial, others miniatures.
Distribution: Tropical Africa, Comoros Islands, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka.
Habitat: Various, from coastal regions with warm growing conditions to higher mountain altitudes and dark tropical forests with cooler growing conditions. Mostly epiphytes on trees and shrubs but occasionally found on rocks (lithophytes) along the banks of streams at varying altitudes.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Genus Entries. These are divided into three elements: Data, Main Article, and Photograph.
- Number of Species indicates the number of species in the genus.
- Classification gives the full botanical name, the orchid hunter's name, and the year it was first discovered and described.
- Form describes the key characteristics of the genus.
- Distribution indicates where the species can be found in the wild.
- Habitat outlines the type of habitat in which it is found in the wild.
Main Articles presents additional background information about the genus, including general cultivation methods for members of that genus.
Photograph depicts a member of the genus.
Species Entries. These follow on from many of the genus entries and describe the key characteristics, cultivation methods, and classification of representative species, together with an illustration of each species.
Picture Galleries.These galleries illustrate other species and hybrids within a genus, giving a wider representation of the huge variety of orchids.