The orchid has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most notable and recognisable flowers around the globe. It is a beloved flower that comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Here are some interesting facts about this flower:
• Not all orchids come from the ground - Some of these flowers are considered ‘air plants’, as they can be found growing on trees.
• There are many kinds of orchids - It is estimated that there are around 25 000 types of orchids in the world. Some of them only grow in certain countries.
• All orchids share a similar structure - Two regular petals and one that is called the ‘lip’ make the flower of the orchid.
• Orchids don’t reproduce easily - All orchids require bees, insects and birds to spread their pollen and reproduce.
• Hybrid orchids occur in nature - when a pollinator spreads pollen from one orchid type to a different one, it is possible to create a hybrid orchid.
• Orchids don’t grow well in gardens - Orchids in the wild meet specific conditions, such as partnership with fungi and other plants.
• Orchids can be produced in greenhouse settings - Presently, orchids can grow under strictly controlled conditions and special preparatory process for the seeds.
Orchids are without a doubt some of the most intriguing flowers in nature. They are so rare that they are actually protected by law in most countries and picking one is considered a violation of said laws.
These flowers are representation of nature’s finest plants - able to grow in specific areas and not in the average garden. If you happen to see one, don’t pick it up - it might be the only one remaining in that area!