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Orchid Keys

Key to European orchids

Since January 2009, the European orchid species in the World Orchid Iconography may be accessed through an interactive key. The visitors of our website may determine their own images of orchids easily: all European orchid species are filtered using morphological criteria. For example, all European orchids with spotted, lancelate leaves and pink flowers may be selected. This strongly reduces the number of species in question. Contrary to the classical dichotomous key which follows a tree-structure, this key works as a multi-access key, allowing the user to choose the order of observed features freely.



PDF
online key to European orchids



Key to the genus Cypripedium

In 2010, a key to the genus Cypripedium was created. Cypripedium species in the World Orchid Iconography may now be accessed through an interactive key.



PDF
online key to Cypripedium



Key to the genus Vanda

In 2015, a key to the genus Vanda was created. Vanda species in the World Orchid Iconography may now also be accessed through an interactive key.



PDF
online key to Vanda



The keys were created using the software Lucid 3 (European orchids) and Xper3 (Cypripedium, Vanda). For more information on the software visit: http://www.lucidcentral.com and http://www.xper3.fr