“Lets Talk Orchids”

On September 9th and 10th the OSPF will be hosting an event for the whole family at the Salisbury Greenhouse in Sherwood Park,(52337 Range Road 232) from 10am until 5pm.

The Orchid Species Preservation Foundation’s 25th. Anniversary

The OSPF, a volunteer, not for profit foundation, is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversay by holding an Orchid Show in Edmonton’s City Hall. The event will be officially opened on Friday, August 12th at 4:30 pm. The show and opening event are open to the public and will feature live orchid displays and information displays representing countries from around the world. Our …

Orchid Trap Video

Understanding how orchid species have adapted through the centuries to ensure their survival is one of the most fascinating aspects  of learning about orchids. This excellent video shows how one species of orchids has evolved to harness the mating drive of a species of bee to ensure it’s own survival. Enjoy!

Sobralia fimbriat

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Sobralia fimbriata  The Fringed Sobralia (common name) Flower Size 3″ [7.5 cm] Is a medium to large sized orchid that lies hot to warm growing terrestrial enviornments. It is found in Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil in wet montane forests, often along road cuts, from elevations 600 to 2100 meters. it has an erect, cane-like stems that are leafy towards the …

Anacheilium radiatum

Nature’s Orchids

From pre dinosaur times has evolved the most unique and diverse plant form on earth: species orchids. Found on every continent of the globe except the arctic poles, natures orchids have evolved and adapted to the unique local environments in order to survive and multiply. Found growing high in tree tops, dry rocky outcrops, steamy jungles, cool mountain plateaus, frozen …

About orchid names

With over 30,000 species of orchids identified world wide and more being discovered each year, a complex grouping and naming protocol has been develop by botanists over the years. The recent use of DNA technology has greatly helped in identification of family groupings and their relationships. For the novice a few things are important to know. The genus name (first …

Cattleya bicolor var. brasiliensis


Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants in the world. With over 30,000 identified species orchids representing 10% of all flowering plants. Most orchid are epiphytic which means they grow above ground clinging to trees, rocks or fence posts. In temperate areas orchids are terrestrial plants, growing in soil and are perennial. Considered as the most evolved of flowering …