Orchids Wiki
Help Contents


Getting started
Account creation | About | Wikia Help pages
Language Translation

Policies & Guidelines
Copying from Wikipedia - Vandalism - Image copyrights

Current events | Can't find an page?

Style guide | New page | Images | Templates | Deletion | Solving Disputes

User page - Talk pages - Userboxes - Forums Preference- Simplified ruleset
Access Levels - Administrators - Wikia Staff Admin's guide - Reverting - Namespace
Protected titles - Protected pages

Things to do
Stubs | Wanted page | Wanted images

This page is intended to show new users how to edit Orchid Wiki.

General pages[]

When creating a page for a genus, species, or hybrid, first insert the correct template. To add a genus, start by using Template:Genbox. To add a species page, insert a Template:Infobox. To create a hybrid page, add a Template:Hybrbox.

Fill out all of the fields in the template. For any fields where you don't have information, don't omit the field but leave the value blank. If you need help on taxonomy, check Wikipedia, or Google for information regarding taxonomy.

For hybrids, be sure you fill out the parental information of the plant. The seed parent is the first plant before the x, and the pollen parent is listed after the x, like this: Seed Parent x Pollen Parent. If you don't know the parents check the RHS plant registration. Please DO NOT post hybrids that you don't know the parents of.

After filling out the template, briefly describe the plant and bold its name in the sentence.

Unknown Information[]

If you do not know something, state it in the talk page, or leave the tag {{stub}} on the page so other users who view the collective stubs can find and edit it. If you are filling out a template and don't know the information for a field, leave the field in the box, leave the value blank, and tag the page with {{info}} so that other people can find it and fill in the missing information. If you do not know some information, tag the article with its specific stub tag. Use {{hstub}} for hybrid stubs, {{culture stub}} for culture stubs, etc.


For species and natural hybrids create a section named ===Distribution===. This section is intended for the description of the native habitat of the plant, countries which the plant inhabits, and altitude the plant found in.

The section ===Description=== is used to describe the plant's bloom time, flower features, leaves, medicinal uses, conservation status, and other miscellaneous information. If specific information is very long then separate it into sub-sections.

The section ===Culture=== is used for cultivation information about the plant. Information in this section includes light requirement, temperature, humidity, watering, potting media used, dormancy, and vernalization. The culture section of the genus is intended for general cultivation methods of species and hybrids within the genus.

The ===Naming=== section should list the plant's common names and synonyms. For a list of possible synonyms check these resources:

On genera and other pages include the section ===Taxonomy=== and include the subgenus and descriptions of the DNA analysis.

A ===Species=== section should be included on the genus page. If the section is too long use the scrollbox template.

Add a ===Natural Hybrids=== section to a genus page if needed.

The section ===Variants=== should include plant cultivars, sub species, and different varieties. It should include a picture name and description.

Add an ===Awards=== section to include awarded plant info, date, and the grower.

A ===Parentage=== section must be included on all complex hybrids. Lineage on complex hybrids must go back five generations, if needed.


Images should be clear and detailed. See Help:Image copyright tags for copyright details. Images that should be uploaded include:

  1. Pictures of the flower
  2. Picture of the plant in its natural habitat
  3. Drawings of the plants
  4. Any others that you think is significant

Example pages[]