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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beautiful African Orchids in Pictures

Southern Africa is home to diverse family of interesting beautiful flowers, the orchid whose blooms are colorful and sweet-scented attracting bees and butterflies. The orchid is a member of the Orchidaceae family; wild orchids are more and more harder to find leading to environmentalists endorsing laws to protect indigenous orchids.


Southern African Orchids in Pictures

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Interesting facts about Southern African Orchids


African Orchids in the Wild

Southern African terrestrial orchids are orchids that grow on the ground in subtropical and tropical areas.



Orchid roots are very popular and sold in markets fresh, dried, as snacks or ready-made Chikanda dish. The Nyika Plateau of eastern Zambia and northern Malawi is world renowned for its abundant orchid plants.


African ground orchids are threatened with extinction by illegal trade.

African ground orchids are threatened with extinction by illegal trade.


In Southern Africa 65 percent of wild orchids are found no place else in the world.

In the Southern African region around 479 species in 53 genera or subfamily of wild orchids are indigenous to the region, 65 percent are found no place else in the world.


Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, epiphytic orchids grow on trees and epilithic orchids grow on rocks.

Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, epiphytic orchids grow on trees and epilithic orchids grow on rocks.


Southern African Orchids


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