The bilaterally symmetrical flowers may be solitary or in clusters or spikes, and have 3 petal-like sepals and 3 petals. The lowest petal, the "lip", is larger than the others and often forms an elaborate sac, often with a spur. The 1 or 2 stamens are joined with the style and stigma in a column. The simple, usually alternate leaves are parallel-veined

This family is a very large one. Tropical orchids are often epiphytic (live in trees).

Flower This family contains flowers.

Ladies'-Tresses, Nodding/ Common Ladies' Tresses Spiranthes cernua
Lady's-Slipper, Pink/ Moccasin-Flower Cypripedum acaule
Orchid, Rattlesnake Goodyera pubescens