Beautiful African Orchids in Pictures
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
Southern African Orchids in Pictures
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.
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.
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.