The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family.
Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera.
The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux.
Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species.
The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants.
The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species). (source)
Can guinea pigs eat orchids?
No they can’t eat them unfortunately. Orchids are poisonous for guinea pigs to eat and will harm them if eaten.
They are best avoided as much as possible.
For more foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat, check out our guinea pig food list