The orchid species overall produces many amazing flowers but none is more so than the Anguloa Uniflora which has flowers that resemble swaddled babies. This beautiful orchid was discovered by botanists Antonio Pavon Jimenez and Hipolito Ruiz Lopez from Chile and Peru in a ten year long expedition from 1777 to 1788. It took scientists another ten years before this orchid could be named Angula Uniflora in honor of a botanist Don Francisco de Angulo. who also happened to be the Peruvian
The Goat orchid produces a beautiful flower that, despite the name, in fact looks a little like a horned bee. It is because of these horns that this orchid is also often referred to as the Goat Orchid. This orchid is actually a part of the bee like orchids family but some scientists and botanists like to classify it separately. In the year 1907 a botanist from Greece, named Fleischmann, first described this species of orchids. It was later named
Sometimes nature comes up with ingenious ways to attract pollinators – by sexual deception! Fly Orchids flowers are shaped just like female flies. Male insects are attracted to the flower so they come to mate. Once they land, pollen gets stuck on their bodies which in turn fertilizes the next orchid that they fly to. The Fly Orchid is one of those species of orchids that is not considered attractive. In fact, many find it an ugly species of orchid.
The Dove Orchid belongs to the genus of the orchid species known as Peristeria which is a Greek word that means dove. This orchid is also frequently referred to as the Holy Spirit Orchid or the Holy Ghost Orchid. The Dove Orchid is the national flower of Panama. This orchid species has been designated as endangered in its natural habitat. This is due to the over collection of these amazing orchids. This “flower of the holy spirit” can be seen
The scientific name Diuris of the plant called Donkey Orchid is derived from Greek prefixes Di meaning two and ouris meaning tail. One understands this nomenclature when he sees the two lateral hanging petals. These petals look like two hanging ears of a donkey. When the petals swing in air, they literally resemble a donkey squealing and moving his head. There are dozens of species of orchids under the genus Diuris. They are terrestrial meaning they grow on ground and
This is a unique species of orchids which has flowers that look like both a moth as well as a bird head. This is the reason why it is called a bird head orchid in some places while it is referred to as a moth orchid in other places. From a distance, the flower resembles a moth in flight but if you look up close, you can identify the head of a bird guarding the nectar. This species is one of
Often people may ask, which flower is the Queen of Flowers? Many think that it is the rose, however the Rose is actually the King of Flowers. If it is not the rose then what flower could it be? The Queen of Flowers is actually the orchid, (give yourself a pat on the back if you got that one right). It may come as surprise to some, but orchids actually deserve to be labeled as the Queen of Flowers, because not only
Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers found all over the world. Their beauty is enhanced by the pleasant aroma that emanates from their petals. Roses have inspired generations of writers and poets and they are used freely by lovers to express their feelings of emotional attachment towards each other. Roses come in different colours and different colours have been assigned different meanings over the ages to develop a whole new language of rose colours. Yellow roses are one