When people begin to really get into orchid care, they are likely to find themselves asking for help from those with more expertise and/or referring to websites or books on the subject. It can be difficult to be absolutely sure what the expert is describing if you’re not familiar with orchid anatomy. The written description may not be enough without a orchid photo or drawing to point the way. That’s why we’ve provided what you might call “orchid maps!” That way you can tell exactly what we’re referring to when we give advice on orchid care.
We’ve given you a good amount of orchid terms too, so you can build your vocabulary as you go. But a picture is said to be worth a thousand words – well, at least 10 to 15 of them.
The orchid spike image gives you only two main parts to worry about – the bloom and the bud. The orchid plant image has eight terms that cover from the roots to the flowers, and the orchid flower anatomy has five terms but spread over eight locations. And of course, because we love them the most, the photos are all of lovely Phalaenopsis orchids.
They’re so pretty, you’ll probably want to click on the Printer Friendly Version link at the bottom right of the page and print them out! They can serve as educational reminds, garden shed décor in the form or posters or pin-ups, or even framed and placed around your home or office to brighten up rooms that don’t already have an real orchid in them for whatever reason. We know there must be a good reason!