Orchidaceae, or orchid family, reportedly stands for no less
than 25,000 kinds of species spreading across the world.
About 230 of them are known inhabiting Japan in 75 genera,
but what are featured in major Japanese pictorial flora
books are no more than 90. Orchids are very rare in this
part of the world. In fact, most of those are supposedly
listed in Red Data Book in every prefecture as plants in
need of protection.
Japanese orchids are not as gorgeous as those in tropical
zone, but they attract people as well because of their their
refined color and the mysterious flower-structure. Below are
what I saw in Shimane and its environs so far, all being
listed in Shimane RDB.