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Orchids make up the largest family of flowering plants in the world, with about 25,000 species. In Florida there are 118 species of orchids, 106 being truly native species according to Paul Martin Brown (Wild Orchids of Florida). Most are listed as either endangered or threatened with their diminishing habitats ranking as the number one reason for declines. They generally have ultra-complex life histories, making them highly specialized and fascinating; adding to their intriguing beauty.
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