Definition of Orchidaceae

1. Noun. Enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowers.

Exact synonyms: Family Orchidaceae, Orchid Family
Generic synonyms: Liliopsid Family, Monocot Family
Group relationships: Orchidales, Order Orchidales
Member holonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant, Genus Orchis, Genus Aerides, Angraecum, Genus Angraecum, Genus Angrecum, Anoectochilus, Genus Anoectochilus, Aplectrum, Genus Aplectrum, Genus Arethusa, Genus Bletia, Bletilla, Genus Bletilla, Genus Brassavola, Brassia, Genus Brassia, Genus Caladenia, Genus Calanthe, Calopogon, Genus Calopogon, Genus Calypso, Catasetum, Genus Catasetum, Genus Cattleya, Cephalanthera, Genus Cephalanthera, Cleistes, Genus Cleistes, Coeloglossum, Genus Coeloglossum, Genus Coelogyne, Corallorhiza, Genus Corallorhiza, Coryanthes, Genus Coryanthes, Cycnoches, Genus Cycnoches, Genus Cymbidium, Cypripedium, Genus Cypripedium, Dactylorhiza, Genus Dactylorhiza, Genus Dendrobium, Genus Disa, Dracula, Genus Dracula, Dryadella, Genus Dryadella, Eburophyton, Genus Eburophyton, Encyclia, Genus Encyclia, Epidendrum, Genus Epidendrum, Epipactis, Genus Epipactis, Genus Glossodia, Glossodia, Genus Goodyera, Goodyera, Genus Grammatophyllum, Grammatophyllum, Genus Gymnadenia, Gymnadenia, Genus Gymnadeniopsis, Gymnadeniopsis, Genus Habenaria, Habenaria, Genus Hexalectris, Hexalectris, Genus Himantoglossum, Himantoglossum, Genus Laelia, Genus Liparis, Genus Listera, Listera, Genus Malaxis, Malaxis, Genus Masdevallia, Genus Maxillaria, Genus Miltonia, Miltonia, Genus Odontoglossum, Genus Oncidium, Genus Ophrys, Ophrys, Genus Paphiopedilum, Paphiopedilum, Genus Phaius, Genus Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis, Genus Pholidota, Pholidota, Genus Phragmipedium, Phragmipedium, Genus Platanthera, Platanthera, Genus Plectorrhiza, Plectorrhiza, Genus Pleione, Pleione, Genus Pleurothallis, Genus Pogonia, Genus Psychopsis, Psychopsis, Genus Pterostylis, Pterostylis, Genus Rhyncostylis, Rhyncostylis, Genus Sarcochilus, Sarcochilus, Genus Scaphosepalum, Scaphosepalum, Genus Schomburgkia, Schomburgkia, Genus Selenipedium, Selenipedium, Genus Sobralia, Genus Spiranthes, Spiranthes, Genus Stanhopea, Genus Stelis, Genus Trichoceros, Trichoceros, Genus Vanda, Genus Vanilla

Lexicographical Neighbors of Orchidaceae

Orbeli effect
Orbignya cohune
Orbignya martiana
Orbignya phalerata
Orbignya spesiosa
Orchis mascula
Orchis papilionaceae
Orchis spectabilis
Orcinus orca
Ord kangaroo rat
Order of Australia
Order of Friars Minor

Literary usage of Orchidaceae

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1913)
"In swamps and bogs, Virginia to Florida and Louisiana. Sept.-Nov. Family 32. orchidaceae Lindl. Nat. Syst. Ed. 2: 336. ORCHID FAMILY. ..."

2. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1908)
"... the family orchidaceae issuing from the Ames botanical laboratory. North Hasten, Massachusetts. Fascicle 1. Boston and New York (Houghton, Mifflin), ..."

3. An Historical and Descriptive Account of British America: Comprehending by Hugh Murray (1839)
"... tae—Conifere—orchidaceae. As it would be scarcely possible in any general account of the flora of the British Possessions in North America to separate ..."

4. Plant-geography Upon a Physiological Basis by Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper (1903)
"Saprophytes and Parasites in the Rain-Forest. Plants without chlorophyll belonging to the orchidaceae ..."

5. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"The Ferns and orchidaceae are abundant. The cultivated plants are the corn and fruit of Europe, varying with more tropical productions according to ..."

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