Orchids are among the most hauntingly beautiful of all flowers. They speak to us of tropical earthly paradises dripping with exotic splendour, but surprisingly they grow in a wide range of habitats from the colder reaches of the sub-Arctic to the tropical forests of the southern hemisphere! They are found everywhere from the edges of deserts to humid rainforests and have a preference for tropical mountain ranges!
The 25,000 described species range from the subtle and dainty to the flamboyantly glamorous. Since orchids are the largest family of flowering plants it is easy for everyone to have a favourite of astonishing beauty.
Kew's orchid work