Miscellaneous Orchid Resources






The OSSSU is a Darwin Initiative project designed to establish orchid seed banking around the globe (with the current focus on Asia and South and Central America).  Based at the Seed Conservation Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst Place.

Orchid Seed Stores for Sustainable Use

The primary objective of The Orchid Conservation Alliance is to promote the conservation of wild orchid species in their native habitats.  The current goal is to purchase 100 hectares of undisturbed orchid habitat in the high Andes of Ecuador.

Orchid Conservation Alliance

With over 1.3 million scientific names, 4.4 million specimen records, and over 450,000 images, this database has nomenclatural, bibliographic, and specimen data for most orchid species.  Missouri Botanical Garden.  St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


Featuring many links to orchid-related sites.  Orchid events, classified ads, and speakers page.  Carson E. Whitlow.  Adel, Iowa, USA.

Orchid Mall

Orchid FAQ, guide to artificial lighting, list of orchid genera and hybrids, culture notes, and links.  Jerry Bolce.  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Orchid House

Collaborative project by volunteers to document all species and hybrid orchids.  Features includes images, general information, discussion, and culture notes.  Anyone can edit to expand the over 4,000 articles currently available.

Orchids Wiki

General information on several genera of orchids, events, and links.  Christina Boris.  Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA.


Online plant encyclopedia with a particular focus on orchids and ferns.  Traditional Japanese culture is featured with sections on Neofinetia falcata, slipper orchids, and others.  Kyushu, Japan.

Botany Boy: Plant Encyclopedia

The IOSPE has photos and information on over 20,000 orchid species. Edited with help from many taxonomists. Orchid travel photos.  Orchid design jewellery offered.  Jay Pfahl.  Key West, Florida, USA.

Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia

German language edition of Wikipedia focusing on the orchid plant family.

Orchideen – Wikipedia

Essences produced from a variety of orchids for beneficial effects on one's body and mind.  Orchid photo greetings cards are also offered.  Isle of Gigha, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Living Tree Orchid Essences

The IOF is a non-profit organization with the goal of getting more people to learn about, and to grow orchids.  Boynton Beach, Florida, USA.

International Orchid Foundation

A non-profit society whose members are dedicated to the enjoyment, cultivation, and conservation of species orchids. Founded in 1990. Miami, Florida, USA

Coalition for Orchid Species

Online marketplace for buying and selling orchids, and related items.  Irvine, California, USA.

Orchid Exchange

French language encyclopaedia of orchids.  Classification, glossary, conservation, photos, and culture of many orchids.  Vincent Liefooghe.  France.

Univers Orchidées

Orchid photos, history, anatomy, flowering periods, art gallery, care tips.  Orchid quiz.  Books.  Online magazine the

Brazilian Orchids

World Orchid Iconography (a database with graphical material for many orchid species), OrchidKeys (interactive keys to search European orchid species) and BibliOrchidea (orchid literature database with more than 150,000 entries, maintained by Rudolf Jenny).

Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz

Source of orchid information and links.  Created by David Off of Waldor Orchids.  Linwood, New Jersey, USA.

Orchid Nerd

The botanical databases of Jardin Botanico Lankester at the University of Costa Rica.