On the internet
there are numerous online tools for research regarding orchid
species and hybrids.
Below are links
to some of those tools to help identify species and hybrids, listings of current accepted
scientific names and synonyms, and official orchid registration information:
Orchid Hybrid lists - These
are the listing of orchid hybrids that have been registered with the
International Register of Orchid Hybrids, also known as Sander's List
that is maintained by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) of England. Each list
includes the cross name, parentage and who registered the hybrid, and is available in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
Orchid Registry search - This is the search engine for
registered orchid hybrids. Searches are made by entering the genus
(scientific name), or the genus and grex (hybrid cross name) of either
the pod or the pollen parent. You can also search to see if a
particular grex name has already been registered.
World Checklist of Selected Plant Families - This is an
international collaborative programme that provides the latest peer
reviewed and published opinions on the accepted scientific names and
synonyms for 200 plant families, including orchidaceae, the orchid
Plant List - This is a working plant list of all known
vascular plant species including flowering plants, conifers, ferns and
their allies, mosses and liverworts. The list provides accepted
Latin names with links to synonyms by which that species has been
known. Searches are made only by using scientific (Latin) names,
common names are not included in the list.
Orchid Iconography (WOI) - This is the advanced search page for the WOI that is maintained
by the Swiss Orchid Foundation and the University of Basel, Switzerland. This is a database of
Dr. Jany Renz's herbarium and library. It contains images of his herbarium specimens, orchid
illustrations from his library and photographs of living plants. Orchid specialists and photographers
are urged to donate herbarium specimens and/or images of new or missing orchid species.
Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia (IOSPE) - As this says it is a photo
encyclopedia that as of November 5, 2017 has pictures of 22,082 species
in 856 genera. Along with pictures is general information about
the genera a species belongs to and symbols indicating whether it is
fragrant, amount of light it grows in, temperature it grows in, blooming
season and size. This site can be used by anyone, however the author encourages donations to keep it going.
Roots - This is a new online search engine for orchid hybrid
information. For a hybrid in the list there can be pictures of
the flower, pictures of the parents and grandparents and thumbnails of
its component species. Not all listings in this online source
include all of that information as this is a work in progress.
Photographers are urged to donate their properly identified photos via a
facebook page. There is no cultural information included.
Epidendra - The botanical databases of the Jardin Botanico
Lankester (JBL) or Lankester Botanical Gardens maintained by Franco Pupulin,
Senior Research Professor at the University of Costa Rica.
The databases contain listings of species
type descriptions, some with photos; access to publications of
JBL staff and research associates from
1960-present; orchid floras of Costa Rica and Panama; orchid flora of the Costa
Rican National Parks; and downloadable, detailed image sheets of orchid species
from the JBL.
Coelogynes - This is a website
dedicated to Coelogynes and their close relatives. It is maintained by Kevin Dawes and is based on his own experience with
these interesting genera. Not all species are covered, however the photos and information he does include will
be useful to anyone interested in Coelogynes, Dendrochilum and Pholidota, along with Pleione, Bletia, Chelonistele, and Otochilus .
Inaturalist - This is an international,
multi-disciplinary, online database for recording, organizing and/or searching for records of nature sightings and to learn about the
natural world. Sightings can be recorded or searches can be made for most anything, such as Protozoans and Diatoms, Molluscs, Fish,
Amphibians, Reptiles, Animals and Mammals, Insects or Plants from Fungi and Lichens to Trees. Once a sighting has been added searches
can be made based on species, genera, family, location, etc., that will include photos and descriptions of the species included in your
Go Orchids Website; - This is a
collaborative website developed by the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC). The website contains information about North
American orchids along with images that can be searched by state or province. You can also find out about the Orchid-gami projects. The
NAOCC holds much of North America's orchid biodiversity by banking orchid seed and mycorrhizae thought to be crucial to orchid seed germination.