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I was wondering, if there are any medicines or other products that can be derived from orchids?

Yes, more than 100 species of orchids reportedly have medicinal value:


and vanillin was initially extracted from the seed pods of the orchid Vanilla planifolia.

Anthony Brach Ph.D.

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