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The home page for the American Orchid Society, OrchidWeb (1) is a robust source of information on orchids, how to grow them, their conservation status, and facts for orchid enthusiasts. The next Web page, offered by the Roosevelt Wild Life Station (2), is a brief introduction to the family of flowering plants known as Orchidaceae and what makes them unique. The Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia (3) includes an alphabetical listing of a very large number of orchid species, complete with photos and characteristics. Several orchids that are native to Canada (4) are identified by the Royal Botanical Gardens; its site includes photos, location, habitat, and description. BibliOrchidea (5) allows users to search the bibliographic database with more than 105,000 citations specific to orchids. The next exhibit, from the Smithsonian Institute and US Botanic Garden (6), includes a large number of photos and general information on a number of orchid related topics. This ThinkQuest site (7) provides a more detailed look at orchids from a botanical perspective. The Trade Environment Database (8) provides this case study about the international problem of orchid smuggling.
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