They grow everywhere

Have you ever wondered whether any orchids grow wild in your neighbourhood? Chances are that at least one or two varieties might be growing in a local field, even if they’re not the showy tropical varieties you would wear in a corsage.

Give this neat little tool a try, from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew:

World Checklist of Monocotyledons

Don’t be intimidated. In the field marked "Family", type in "Orchidaceae".

Look at the radio buttons near the bottom left; the choices are "Continent", "Region", and "Botanical Country".

Try clicking on "Botanical Country, and look for your province, or state, or country. Then click on "Search".



You may be very surprised by the results!