Where Siberian orchids thrive: New hotspot of orchids discovered near Novosibirsk

Orchids of the Boreal zone are rare species. Most of the 28,000 species of the Orchid family actually live in the tropics. In the Boreal zone, ground orchids can hardly tolerate competition from other plants—mainly forbs or grasses. So they are often pushed into ecotones—border areas between meadows and forests, or between forests and swamps.