Orchidpedia | Orchids 101
Updated: May 6, 2019
Hey people. Orchidville is all about orchids but still, we recognize that lost of you are in the dark about what orchids are; besides the fact that they are rare flowers. I wouldn't be surprised if some of you have never even seen one. No worries, today, we’re gonna go from zero to certified Orchidville expert. Let’s go.
Orchids and Nuts
Their real scientific name is the Orchidaceae, which is the family to which the orchids belong. They were named in a pretty interesting way. Their name comes from the Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning "testicle", because of the shape of the twin tubers in some species of Orchids. The term "Orchid" was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in School Botany, as a shortened form of Orchidaceae. So there you have it folks, our favourite flower was named Orchid because they’re shaped like testicles.
Venezuela's National Flower
Venezuela has a national flower. You've got that right. A national flower, and it’s an orchid. The Easter Orchid is Venezuela’s national flower, “protected and holy”. Blooming once a year, native to Venezuela, the Easter Orchid is sacred to Venezuelans who even have it in their folklore and oral tradition. It was declared to be the country’s national flower in 1951 by the Venezuelan government, being indigenous to the country. Also called the May Flower, it is commonly used in Easter celebrations to decorate the Holy cross.
Orchids are immortal. These so-called vampire plants can grow indefinitely if well taken care of. This is possible due to their ability to survive and thrive even in the toughest conditions. Their habitats are often amongst bare ricks at the foothills of a colossus like the Himalayas, where few, if any plants survive. Unlike other indoor plants, you don’t have to water the orchids every day. They will give an original and sophisticated touch to your space, because it keeps on growing and flowering permanently in different ways. The flowers stay for three months in the plant, and it is said to be an immortal plant because when the orchid is about to die it will automatically grow a smaller orchid to continue its flowering period. Talk about a phoenix flower.
One of a Kind
Not only are Orchids immortal, they’re also pretty rare. The ghost orchid was discovered in Britain in 1954. They were only seen 11 times in the next 100 years which makes them one of the rarest flowers in the world. As for their name, they got it because of their creamy-white to pinkish-brown colour and their fleeting occurrences in dark, shaded woods. The Hochstetter’s butterfly orchid or Platanthera azorica has only been recently rediscovered on a single volcanic ridge in the Azores. Although it was first documented in 1838, nearly two centuries have passed since the Hochstetter’s butterfly-orchid was last seen. The Shenzen Nogke is the most expensive flower ever sold. It literally was one of a kind, developed at a university for which it is named, and sold for 21.1 Million (£ 160,000), becoming the most expensive flower ever sold. Talk about rare!
And it’s a wrap people. Hit us up with any of your know how on all those orchids we absolutely love to see.