Saturday, March 14, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS are Orchidaceae - Orchids -Orchideen

Flowers from around the world can be viewed here:
Orchidaceae (or Orchid family) is the largest family of the flowering plants (Angiospermae).
Its name is derived from the genus Orchis.
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew list 880 genera and nearly 22,000 accepted species, but the exact number is unknown (perhaps as many as 25,000) because of taxonomic disputes.
The number of orchid species equals about four times the number of mammal species, or more than twice the number of bird species.
It also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants.
About 800 new orchid species are added each year.
The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).
The family also includes the Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus) and many commonly cultivated plants like some Phalaenopsis or Cattleya.
Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century, horticulturists have added more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.

Die Orchideen oder Orchideengewächse (Orchidaceae) sind eine weltweit verbreitete Pflanzenfamilie. Die zwei hodenförmigen Wurzelknollen der Knabenkräuter (v. griech. ὄρχις „Hoden“) haben der gesamten Pflanzenfamilie ihren Namen gegeben. Nach den Korbblütlern (Asteraceae) stellen die Orchideen die zweitgrößte Familie unter den bedecktsamigen Blütenpflanzen dar. Sie werden als besonders schön angesehen und vielen gilt die Orchidee als Königin der Blumen. Sie gehören zur Klasse der Einkeimblättrigen Pflanzen. Etwa 1.000 Gattungen mit 15.000 bis 30.000 Arten werden von den Botanikern anerkannt. Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 9, 2009

Canada Blooms.. March 18-22, 2009 - Gartenschau

Celebrate Canada at our 13th Anniversary "Canada Blooms" March 18-22, 2009
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.

Canada Blooms:
The Toronto Flower & Garden Festival invites you to visit a paradise bursting with six acres of glorious gardens in full bloom, more than 100,000 square feet of green thumb shopping and much, much more at Canada's largest and most prestigious flower and garden festival.
Interested in learning more about gardening?
With four different stages going non-stop, the show offers over 200 hours of seminars, workshops and demonstrations in five days from some of the best garden experts in North America. And it's free with your admission to Canada Blooms.
Need a little inspiration or looking for ideas?
Over twenty dazzling and unique display gardens designed and built by the best of the best around the theme "Canada Blooms",
where we celebrate our tradition of gardening and horticultural excellence.

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