The orchid family is the largest within the flower kingdom, with so many wild species and as many hybrids. Thailand’s tropical forests and mangroves host an amazing diversity of both terrestrial and epiphytic species, presenting a vast array of shapes, sizes,
vibrant colours and intoxicating perfumes. Breeders in orchid farms continually produce new hybrid species using artificial cross-pollination and propagation methods.
A common sight in mangroves and wetlands, this flower belongs to the largest group of orchids. It rhizomes creep on tree roots and branches, producing clusters of golden spiky petals.
This spectacular blue orchid native to Thailand belongs to the Vanda family. It grows at high altitudes between 3,300 feet and 4,600 feet, and can be found in the mountains around Chiang Mai.
Rhynchostylis (also called Foxtail Orchid) is an exotic blooming orchid, belonging to the Vanda alliance. This orchid has a bunch consisting of more than 100 pink-spotted flowers.
Most people are introduced to orchids through phalaenopsis orchids. These are the thick-leaved plants with elegant, arching sprays of blooms that can be seen in so many design magazines.
Native to Southeast Asia, the genus Dendrobium is one of the largest of all orchid groups. There are about 1,200 individual species, and they can grow in all manner of climates, from hot, wet lowlands to high-altitude, colder mountains.
A six inch monopodial plant from Thailand, Ascocentrum curvifolium has a full spray of half-inch, orange-red flowers, and has been used in hybridizing “Miniature Vandas.”
This variety of orchids is the most popular orchid in cultivated collections. Orchidists and breeders artificially cross-pollinating species within a genus or intergenetically, can create the most dazzling hybrids, many of which are developed for the cut flower market.
The common name of Paphiopedilum is Lady Slipper Orchid, referring to the unusual cup-like pouch in the flower. These fascinating plants display flowers that have an incredible variety colours and last for 6 weeks or more.