This is an online plant encyclopedia with a particular focus on some of my favorite subjects – orchids and ferns. Also, you’ll notice quite a bit of Japanese flavor since I have resided on Japan’s southernmost main island, Kyushu, for the past 9 years. While interest in plants extends back over my entire life, first kindled by my father in the woodlands of New York State over 4 decades ago, it has recently been strongly shaped by the shear artistry of Japan’s horticulturalists. Check out the Botany Boy video channel.
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- Cycads and PalmsThey may look alike, but palms and cycads represent two very different groups of plants.
- Flower GardensWhen one thinks of a garden, it is difficult not to think of flowers, and in some gardens flowers dominate the scene at least part of the year.
- Flowering BulbsCertainly one of the most recognized groups of flowering plants are flowering bulbs.
- Ground Orchids (Terrestrial Orchids)Not surprisingly, ground orchids are found growing in soil, unlike their tropical brethren that we are accustomed to thinking as orchids, for example the genus Cattleya.
- Japanese OrchidsMuch of traditional Japanese culture originates from its nearby neighbor China.
- Japanese TreesLike other flora in Japan, the diversity of trees here, especially in the southern forests, is inspiring.
- Neofinetia falcataFor centuries specially selected clones of the Japanese native orchid, Neofinetia falcata, have been grown in Japan, known as fuukiran.
- Orchid PlantsFew groups of plants have attracted as much interest and intrigue as orchids.
- Slipper OrchidsAnyone who grew up in the northern part of the USA is familiar with lady slipper orchids.
- Types of FernFerns and their allies are some of the most ancient vascular plants, dating back some 360 million years.