Friday, 7 February 2014

Love your orchids

I can offer up a small tip for anyone looking up orchids on Wikipedia.

Quite frankly, it can be a hit and miss. However, I did find a way to search by country.

Just key in ‘Category:Orchids of’ and hundreds pop up, divided by countries from around the world.

It was fun browsing, for example: Category:Orchids of Ireland. There are 26 on Wikipedia, from Anacamptis morio to Spiranthes spiralis (pictured).

However, according to the IrishOrchid Society, there 30 native species one of which, the Western Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza occidentalis), is unique to the island. The website is a little gem, by the way.

I spent a happy hour browsing.

Here’s a strange fact. The Chinese name for Ireland translates as ‘Love your orchid’.

For other great orchid stories and snippets, check out Pollinia.

By Pamela Kelt

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