Orchid Island, also known by other names, is a 45 km2 volcanic island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan Island. The island is part of Taiwan. It is separated from the Batanes of the Philippines by the Bashi Channel of the Luzon Strait. It is governed as Lanyu Township of Taitung County, Taiwan, which also includes the nearby Lesser Orchid Island.
History [ edit] The exact number of islands comprising Indonesia varies among definitions and sources. According to the Law No 9/1996 on Maritime Territory of Indonesia, of 17,508 officially listed islands within the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.  According to a geospatial survey conducted between 2007 and 2010 by the National Coordinating Agency for Survey and Mapping (Bakorsurtanal), Indonesia has 13,466 islands. 
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Orchid Island is a rocky, mountainous bit of land thrown up from the sea by volcanic action eons ago. It has barely more than ten and a half square miles of area, with little arable or level land. Yet it is home to some 2,600 people.
The orchids are a large family of flowering plants, the Orchidaceae. They are herbaceous monocots . There are between 22,000 and 26,000 species in 880 genera.   They make up between 6–11% of all seed plants. Orchids can be found in almost every country in the world except for Antarctica.
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Orchid Island, also known by other names, is a high island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan Island. It is separated from the Batanes of the Philippines by the Bashi Channel of the Luzon Strait. It is governed as of Taitung County, Taiwan, which also includes the nearby .