The orchid is a type of flowering plant and over 26,000 different species of orchids have been recognized. It is one of the two largest families of flowering plants. There are also over 100,000 hybrids and cultivars. The scientific name for the orchid is Orchidaceae and orchid became the common name for the flower species in 1845. Orchids can be found in almost every part of the world and the largest source of natural orchid’s varieties can be found in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Most of the species of orchids are found in the tropical regions of the world such as Asia, South America and Central America.
When do orchids bloom?
When an orchid will bloom depends largely on what type of orchid it is. Some orchids prefer cool weather, some grow best in humidity and there is even a variety of orchid that blooms only at night. Most of the species of orchid bloom in fall, winter and spring, but there are some that will bloom during summer months. As it is such as large species of flower it is possible to find a blooming orchid for every month of the year. Cymbidium orchids will bud during the winter and flower during the beginning of spring. Some orchid species will only bloom once a year whilst others will bloom almost continually.
Interesting facts about orchids
Did you know that vanilla is a species of the Orchid family?
The orchid is the City Flower of Shaoxing, China.
The dried leaves of Jumellea fragrans, a variety of orchid, are used to flavor rum on Reunion Island (a French Island off the coast of Madagascar)
A species of orchid found in Australia grows underground and never sees sunlight. It relies on ants and termites to pollinate it.
An orchid flower that has an uneven number of petals is called peloric.