Facts About The Swaddled Babies Orchid

Swaddled Baby Anguloa Orchid

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

Facts About The Goat Orchid

Goat Orchid

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

Facts About The Fly Orchid

Fly Orchid

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.

Facts About The Dove Orchid

Dove 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

Facts About The Donkey Orchid

Donkey Orchid

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

Facts About The Bird Head Orchid

Bird Head Orchid

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

Facts About The Flying Duck Orchid

Flying Duck Orchid Facts

If you have never seen the Flying Duck orchid in real life, you can be forgiven for thinking that it is a fake. This is because it is hard to imagine Mother Nature trying to copy or impersonate one of its own creatures? But it is a fact that the flowers of this species of orchid bear uncanny resemblance to a flying duck. It is a small species of orchid that is found in eucalyptus woodland of Australia along its

Facts About The Ghost Orchid

Ghost Orchid

The look of these Ghost Orchids look similar to Green Squid Orchid (Encyclia Cochleata) or the Hanging Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica). They also resemble the look of a frog but they are actually most known as Ghost Orchids. Ghost orchid is a perennial orchid that is an epiphyte in nature. Lindenii in its scientific name is actually a name of a famous botanist from Belgium. This orchid was identified by Jean Jules Linden in 1844 in Cuba. It is

Facts About Green Squid Orchid

Green Squid Orchid

Earlier referred to as Encyclia Cochleata, the Green Squid orchid is an epiphytic orchid that is native to Central America and the Caribbean. However, it can also be occasionally terrestrial and seen growing on the ground. The flowers of this orchid are unusual not just in their resemblance to Green Squids but also because of having their column above the labellum. In fact, the labellum looks like a hood over the column. Despite being a common plant in Central America,

The World’s Most Expensive Orchid

Rothschildianum Orchid

Orchid lovers can be seen in all parts of the world growing different species of these flowering plants in their gardens and pots inside homes. Many orchid species are rare and found only in their natural habitat. There are also some species that have been labeled as endangered because of their over plucking and the inability to be grown in home conditions. Orchids come in all shapes and sizes and there are more than 20000 varieties of these plants. But

Facts about the Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid Facts

When you see this bee orchid plant it is hard to believe your eyes as this species of orchids produces flowers that resemble bees. What you see is a small fuzzy bee sitting on a flower having three lateral petals. There are two more sepals that are shaped just like the antennae of a bee. However, it is nothing but a trick played by Mother Nature to dupe male bees into thinking they can mate with these female bees. The

Facts about the Monkey Orchid

Monkey Orchid Facts

There are many orchids that bear flowers looking like animals and birds. But the one that is really amazing is the one that looks like the face of a monkey. This orchid called Monkey orchid is aptly named because of its striking resemblance to the simian primates. It is really surprising but Mother Nature has literally dittoed the details with two dark eyes, eyebrows that are fuzzy and dotted, a nose that is furry, and even the beard that one

Facts about the White Egret Orchid

White Egret Orchid

The White Egret Orchid is perhaps the most delicate of all orchid plants. Its flower is so white and so beautiful that it reminds one of the white bird called egret. It is a heron with an all white plumage. It is a wild variety of orchid and even though it is native to Asia, it is grown in United States also. Its flower looks just like the egret in full flight with its distinct white plume. It is a

Facts about the Tiger Orchid

Tiger Orchid Facts

If one is talking about some of the weirdest flowers of the world, the name of tiger orchid certainly ranks at the top of the list. It is also the largest orchid flowers of the world. There are many orchids that look like animals and birds but tiger orchid takes the cake among them. These orchids are believed to scare away predators being shaped like tigers. Their flowers have petals that are golden yellow in color their sepals of reddish

Facts About The Hanging Naked Man Orchid

A single Orchid italica haning out on a rock

Would you believe that there is a type of orchid flower that looks like a little haning naked man? Yes, it might not be believable but the petals of this orchid actually resemble the shape of a man with arms and legs and even the reproductive organ! If this was not enough, the marks that are found in these flowers make it look like this naked hanging man has a smile and two eyes. This flower is found in clusters

9 Orchids That Look Like Animals to Trick Animals and Insects

Amazing Flowers

Almost everyone has seen a beautiful Orchid at some point in their life, but have you seen Orchids that look like animals? Becoming more common with every passing day, you can pick one up at a local flower shop, home improvement store, or even a grocery store.  Orchids have quickly become one of the most sought after flowers to grow at home. What most people don’t know is that Orchids are actually one of the largest groups of species in

Paphiopedilum Orchids (Lady-slipper)

Paphiopedium Orchid

The Paphiopedilum orchid flower is one of the truly inspiring types of orchids.  The beautiful shape of pout-like lips is unlike any other flower. The classification of this orchid alone is a long, never-ending list.  For this reason, lady-slipper enthusiasts claim that they should be considered a separate family of flowers and have separate recognition. The key to growing Paphiopedilim orchids is to maintain a good root system.  Lady Slipper orchids need fresh growing medium at all times.  If you let the

Silk Orchids

Silk Orchids

Flowers are a part of almost every memorable activity. Orchids are a popular choice as they can add beauty, elegance and color which liven up any setting. In many cases fresh orchids are preferred, but there can be several advantages that come from choosing to use silk orchids to complement the décor. Here are just a few of the advantages that may be realized from choosing silk orchids rather than fresh. Advantages to Using Silk Orchids Silk Orchids are Always

Phaius Orchids


Phaius Orchids are very easy to grow in your home.  However, they are not so widely grown by many Orchid collectors.  They have large, colorful and fragrant flowers that are tube-like to compliment the large leaves.  These flowers can reach sizes of 5 inches across, placed on 4-foot spikes.  You may hear these referred to by the nickname nun’s orchids. Nun’s Orchids like to live in warm areas that stay between 65 and 75 degrees during the day.  They prefer