Fairchild Tropical Botantical Garden, Gables to plant millions of orchids

  • Native Florida Cowhorn orchid, ‘Cyrtopodium punetatum,’ at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Fairchild and Coral Gables are working to restore the population of native orchids in South Florida, planting them on trees and in swales throughout the county. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Native Florida Butterfly orchid, ‘Encyclia tampensis,’ not in bloom, at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Fairchild is working with Coral Gables to restore the population of native orchids in South Florida. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rows of glass bottles with germinating orchid plants rest on metal shelves under colored lights in the micropropagation lab at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Volunteers are researching the effects of different lights sources on the plants as they grow. JOEY FLECHAS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Orchid plants have been growing in sterilized glass bottles in the micropropagation lab at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for more than a year. JOEY FLECHAS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Native Florida Butterfly orchid, ‘Encyclia tampensis,’ preserved in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden micropropagation lab. Fairchild is working with Coral Gables and Fairchild to restore the population of native orchids in South Florida. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Flowering beauty: This reintroduced orchid, called ‘Bulbophyllum medusae,’ clings to a rain tree in Singapore. The city’s orchid program has inspired similar efforts here in South Florida. NATIONAL PARKS BOARD, SINGAPORE

  • This species of orchid called ‘Grammatophyllum speciosum’ was reintroduced and flowered along Napier Road in Singapore. NATIONAL PARKS BOARD, SINGAPORE