Species of Orchids
Most Orchids we see in garden centres and general nurseries tend be hybrids, rather than Orchid Species. Interesting enough in their own right, the hybrids are very attractive, however it is the species themselves that we owe a debt to. They provide us with the beauty and variety we take for granted.
Their are many different species of Orchids available in Australia with some being native and many other species from around the world available for sale from specialist orchid nurseries.
Rarer species can be found through Orchid societies where collectors have been able to put together some of the more difficult to grow and find species into interesting collections.
Some nurseries import orchids, usually in flasks, on a regular basis so the number of species and hybrids available is continually increasing.
How many orchid species are their in world?
Around about 25,000 in over 800 genera. New species are still being found and named, the variety in tropical areas is amazing. Most Orchids are perennial epiphytic types, terrestrial orchids are also well represented.
Orchids come from all parts of the world, Asia, Europe, South America and Australia included.
So we have the Dendrobium genera with over 1000 species in it including many Australian species such as Dendrobium kingianum. The largest group is the Bulbophyllum group, while the very popular Cymbidium group has only 50 or so species. And with Orchids new species are still being discovered, while others are under threat in their natural environment.
So with so many different species or ‘types’ of orchids, from cool climate to tropical it is fairly easy to find an orchid species suited to your environment.