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Glossary

Check here if you need an explanation for an orchids-related term.

Aerial Roots star
Aerial roots are those pesky green/white roots that wander all over the place.

Alliance star
An alliance is a closely related group of orchids which can be interbred.

Alliance star
Article on orchid Alliances.

Backbulb star
A backbulb is a pseudobulb which has lost its leaves, but remains green.

Calyx star
The Calyx is the combined word used for the sepals of an orchid flower.

Corolla star
The Corolla is the combined three petals of an orchid flower.

Epiphytes star
Epiphyte means a plant that grows on another.

Glossary of Orchid Awards star
Hereīs some help in understanding more of the information on an orchid tag -- the information thatīs abreviated after the end of the orchid name.

Hybrids star
What is an orchid hybrid? What are the advantages of buying a hybrid?

Lithophytes star
Lithophyte means a plant that lives on stones.

Mericlones star
What is an orchid mericlone? What are the advantages of buying a mericlone?

Monopodial star
Examples of monopodial orchids are Phalaenopsis and Vanda.

Petal star
The three petals on an orchid are the true flower.

Pseudobulbs star
A pseudobulb provides your orchid with a built-in source of nourishment.

Sepal star
The sepals protect the petals in an orchid flower.

Sympodial star
Examples of sympodial orchids are Cattleya, Dendrobium and Oncidium.

Terrestrial star
Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, mostly in leaf clutter at the base of trees.

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