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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

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 


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


Most of the African orchids can be found in Central and South Africa where they grow in tropical rain forests and in the Savanna. Many orchids also grow in Southern Africa, Central Africa and East and West Africa including Madagascar, and Mauritius. To start growing orchilds, try the Bletilla Striata orchid also known as the Chinese ground orchid is a terrestrial orchid that is easy to grow, with proper care an orchid can be in bloom for months each year and can live indefinitely.



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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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