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Aerial roots are those pesky green/white roots that wander all over the place.
An alliance is a closely related group of orchids which can be interbred.
Article on orchid Alliances.
A backbulb is a pseudobulb which has lost its leaves, but remains green.
The Calyx is the combined word used for the sepals of an orchid flower.
The Corolla is the combined three petals of an orchid flower.
Epiphyte means a plant that grows on another.
Glossary of Orchid Awards
Hereīs some help in understanding more of the information on an orchid tag -- the information thatīs abreviated after the end of the orchid name.
What is an orchid hybrid? What are the advantages of buying a hybrid?
An inflorescence is the stem which holds your beautiful orchid flowers.
Lip or Labellum
The lip is a specialized petal, unique to orchids.
Lithophyte means a plant that lives on stones.
What is an orchid mericlone? What are the advantages of buying a mericlone?
Examples of monopodial orchids are Phalaenopsis and Vanda.
Perianthe is the name used to indicate the complete sterile part of the orchid flower.
The three petals on an orchid are the true flower.
A pseudobulb provides your orchid with a built-in source of nourishment.
The sepals protect the petals in an orchid flower.
Examples of sympodial orchids are Cattleya, Dendrobium and Oncidium.
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Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, mostly in leaf clutter at the base of trees.
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