Orchid Biology and Culture (graduate) ORH5282

General Information:

  • 3 CREDITS
  • Canvas E-learning site 
  • This is a web-based online course with weekly lectures, assignments, and/or learning activities

Course Description:

The principles and practices involved in the biology and production of orchid plants and flowers, including advanced topics and related discussions.

The purpose of Orchid Biology and Culture ORH5282 is to provide students with in-depth knowledge on the principles and practices of orchid biology and culture. In addition to exposing students to the beautiful and exciting diverse world of orchids, we aim at providing students with a more in-depth knowledge and appreciation for orchids, to elucidate their potential and value as a commercial ornamental crop, as well as their importance in research and conservation.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand the history of orchids and their importance
  • Understand the ecology and evolution of orchids, and conservation issues
  • Understand the tools used for classifying orchids and how complex classification of orchids is
  • Understand orchid nomenclature and terminology used for species and hybrids
  • Explain the details about vegetative morphology of orchids
  • Explain the details about reproductive morphology of orchids • Explain the flowering physiology in orchids
  • Describe the aspects of orchid media and growing environments
  • Understand orchid genetics as specifically related to flower color inheritance
  • Understand plant nutrition in orchids • Learn about the main pests and diseases that affect orchids
  • Learn the different pollination mechanisms and pollinators in orchids
  • Describe orchid sexual and asexual propagation, including tissue culture
  • Appreciate the ethnobotanical utilization of orchids
  • Understand commercial production of orchids