Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Pods; Seeds

The Cucurbit family is comprised of a number of vine crops grown for their edible fruit. These include cucumber, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and summer and winter squash. All of those fruits carry the plant's seeds.

But orchids form the largest family of flowering plants - much larger than the Cucurbit family. There are over 30 000 orchid species globally.

Oddly, there is exactly one species of orchid with a seedpod from which people extract something they want to eat. But that one is a doosey.