reportedly stands for no less than 25,000 kind of species
spreading around 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 only 90. It
means that they are very rare. In fact, most of them are
listed in Red Data List 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.