Orchids House 8
All orchids belong to the family Orchidaceae, one of the largest of all the plant families. There are 20,000 to 30,000 named orchid species spread over several hundred genera; and there are countless orchid hybrids. Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica. There are both epiphytic and terrestrial species. The immense diversity within the orchid family is the result of millions of years of evolution. The first orchids appeared on the Earth roughly 112 million years ago, making them one of the oldest species of flowering plants.
What can you find in this greenhouse?
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Thank you to the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society for helping to care for our Orchid Collection!