Flower Facts

Nine Interesting Facts About Orchids

June 18, 2018
Fresh Orchids

If you’re like most people, the sight of fresh orchids instantly transports you to the tropics. They just have that effect on people; maybe that’s why they’re so beloved. Orchids come in a wide range of colors and varieties, each with its own unique look.

Once you fall head over heels for fresh orchids, there’s no turning back. You’ll want to explore all there is to know about them and have them around all the time. So, if you’re an orchid enthusiast or hope to become one, here are some intriguing facts about this exotic bloom.

 

Orchid Symbolism & Meaning

Incorporating fresh orchids into bouquets and arrangements can have deep meaning. The orchid is a symbol of love, beauty, refinement, charm, fertility, and thoughtfulness, making it the perfect gift for a variety of occasions, from baby showers to weddings.

Maybe not quite as romantic as its symbolism, the orchid’s meaning certainly ties into what the flower stands for. The name comes from the Greek word orchis, which means testicle. It’s thought that the flower was named for its testicle-looking tuber roots.

No Shrinking Violet

Though orchids look quite delicate, the reality is that they’re pretty long lasting once cut. In fact, if they’re properly cared for they can last up to a month, depending on the variety. Out of water (such as when they are used in wedding arrangements), they should survive over the course of a day. Orchids can also handle a variety of temperatures, anywhere from just over freezing to just above room temperature.

There are Many, Many Species

You’ve probably seen quite a variety of different orchids in your life, but by no means have you encountered anywhere near all of them. So far, scientists have identified around 25,000 different species of the orchid family of plants, in all colors except blue and black.

They Grow All Over

They may look entirely tropical, but orchids grow just about everywhere. Every continent, except Antarctica, has orchids. That said, a large number of orchid species do come from tropical climates, which is probably how they got their exotic reputation.

They Grow in Different Ways

Did you know that orchids grow in several different ways? Some, known as epiphytes, grow on trees. The roots of this type are attached to the bark of the tree. Other varieties grow on rocks and are known as lithophytes. The final type grows in the ground and is known as terrestrial orchids.

They’re Symmetrical

You’ve probably noticed but may not have paid much attention to the fact that orchids are symmetrical. Their symmetry is bilateral, meaning that your fresh orchids could be divided into two matching halves. Sure, their symmetry is beautiful, but it has a scientific purpose, too–it’s a necessity for reliable pollination by bees.

They Come in Many Sizes

Depending on the species of orchid, they can be as small as two millimeters or as be as long as several meters. At the 1851 Great Exhibition in London’s Hyde Park a Grammatophyllum speciosum, or giant orchid plant, weighed in at two tons. Referred to as the Queen of Orchids, Grammatophyllum speciosum can be found growing within the branches of tall trees in tropical regions, where it only flowers every two to four years.

Habitat has an Effect

Orchids that grow in humid, tropical climates tend to have slim, outstretched leaves. Those grown in drier areas have a waxy type coating. There are also a few varieties that don’t have any leaves. Depending on what your fresh orchid looks like, you may be able to trace its origin yourself.

Most Common Varieties

With so many types of orchids available, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Five of the most common varieties are Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Dendrobiums, Cymbidiums, and Oncidiums.

 

There’s no denying that the alluring orchid makes a spectacular choice, whether presented alone or in a lovely Bouq. If having fresh orchids in your life lifts your spirits or puts you in a dreamy mood, then The Bouqs Company has you covered. We offer a selection of spectacular orchids, all shipped out soon after you place your order, so you get nothing but the freshest flowers delivered directly to your door for a fraction of the cost of a traditional florist.

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