Orchids are believed to be the largest family of flowering plants , with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880
genera. The number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. It also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are
Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum(1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).
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This orchid from Sri Lanka takes the form of a Kandyan dancer in traditional costume.