What is an orchid?
Orchidaceae is one of the two largest families of flowering plants, along with the Asteraceae. It contains about 28 000 currently accepted species, distributed across 763 genera. Which of the two families is larger is still unclear, because new members of both of these enormous families are continually discovered. Regardless, the number of orchid species is nearly equal to the number of bony fishes, more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species.
Where do we find orchids?
Orchids are found in diverse ecosystems, from hot tropical rainforests to cool misty mountains.
Orchids of South East Queensland
A collection of images, and information, to help you identify and appreciate our native orchids.