Orchid family -Orchidaceae-
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The Orchid family - Orchidaceae - is the most numerous family of the flower plants. It stands for more than 25000 species worldwide. There are many kinds, some living over other plants, specially trees -ephifytes-; other are lianas or just terrestrial. Some species are saprophytes -without chlorophyll- feeding themselves from the humus they are living on.
There are more than 700 genera. The most important ones are the following:
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