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"Each and every species of flowering plant has its own unique evolutionary
story that's closely coupled with the animals that pollinate it.
But one family of flowering plant has developed this relationship in more complex ways than any other, and in doing so has become the most numerous, and diverse, on the planet."
David Attenborough on Orchids.
There are an estimated 25,000 species of orchid on this planet, representing 10 per cent of all flowering plants. The South-west Region of Western Australia contains about 400 species of terrestrial orchid.
All orchids are perennial (long living) and have:
This amazing and very rare orchid blooms underground and obtains its energy from fungus in the roots of the Melalueca bush under which it grows.