the plant family Orchidaceae, characterized by terrestrial or epiphytic herbaceous plants having simple, parallel-veined, usually alternate leaves, complex and often large and showy flowers pollinated primarily by insects, and fruit in the form of a capsule containing numerous minute seeds, and including calypso, fringed orchis, lady's-slipper, pogonia, rattlesnake plantain, vanilla, as well as numerous tropical orchids such as those of the genera Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Vanda.
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How to use orchid family in a sentence
The orchid family has a few curious saprophytic representatives on the lower slopes.The Mountain that was 'God' | John H. Williams
Vanilla belongs to the orchid family, and is the only member which possesses any economical value.The Andes and the Amazon | James Orton
More ignorant even than others, he will cherish all the superstitions and illusions which environ the orchid family.About Orchids | Frederick Boyle