An Orchidoideae subtribe

Welcome to the Orchideae scratchpad

The Orchideae is the largest tribe within the Orchidoideae, one of the five sub-families of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae).

Orchids within the Orchioideae are distinguished from other sub-families by having a single, erect anther. The Orchideae contains a wide variety of flower forms, including some of the most anthropomorphic of the Orchid inflorescences; Orchis simia (monkey orchid) or Orchis anthropophora (man orchid), as well as forms that closely mimic their pollinators, such as the Ophrys apifera (bee orchid) and Ophrys insectifera (fly orchid).

The taxonomy and nomenclature of the Orchideae is subject to much debate and reclassification. The classification and nomenclature used here is currently derived from the World Checklist of Monocots. Taxon descriptions and associated information are sourced from a variety of taxonomic treatments, with permission from the publishers.

To learn more about the emonocot project, see emonocot.org

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith