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The species are presented in order by family and within families by genus. Pteridophytes, the ferns and fern allies, are first, followed by the flowering plants, dicots first and then monocots.

Orchidaceae - Orchid Family
The orchid family has very highly specialized flowers. The three sepals alternate with the more modified petals, especially the lower petal, which has been modified into an insect-landing platform and often contains a nectary in a spurlike growth. The fruits dry and split into three parts; the seeds are extremely tiny and numerous. The leaves are oval to linear and often basal.