|There are over 15,000 known orchid species and well over 1000 genera in the world. It is the largest group of flowering plants, but surprisingly, very little is know about this fascinating plant. One of the reasons is that the genera is so large, shear volumn makes accurate comparison very difficult. Another reason is that orchids do not keep well in living or herbareum collections. Orchids can grow everywhere from freezing climates, clinging to the sides of wind swept mountains to humid, hot, tropical rain forests. Their growth and flowering habits are just as diverse.