Thailand is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity of flora, fauna and ecosystems. There are approximately 15,000 different species of vascular and non-vascular plants in Thailand. Orchidaceae is the largest of the vascular plant families comprising 176 genera and 1, 157 species found in all types of habitats. Presently in Thailand, the orchid s natural habitat has been heavily disturbed; forest degradation and over-exploitation for commercial and agricultural practices have had a severe impact on the orchid population, especially the terrestrial species.
Orchid populations in conserved areas, which historically have been safe places for orchids, are being harvested at an alarming rate. These beautiful and economically important species are becoming difficult to find in the wild where they used to be abundant. Species of the genera Aerides, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Paphiopedilum, Pholidota, Rhynchostylis and Vanda have become increasingly vulnerable.
Meaning of ORCHID in Thai
Introduction of Thai Orchid
Thailand as the center of Plant Distribution of Southeast Asia
A Brief History of Orchid Study in Thailand
Diversity of Thai Orchid
Beginning of Grorwing Orchid in Thailand