Orchids enlarged life as an art. Unlike other plants, every detail of life,
from the moment they germinate, through the fruit cycle
that has been carefully calculated, so perfect that they took
advantage of the best conditions of community life looking
for the benefits it offers, neighbors, sometimes in a sneaky way,
they are completely connected to the community, because it is
almost an attitude of parasitism towards the environment.
It is for this reason that orchids are plants with a deep sensitivity
to everything that changes the balance in which they live.
There are different types of plants that are associated
with the concept of orchid in such a way that they are specially
influenced and treated widely by these plants.
The result of this is that few flowers have succeeded in our eyes
to acquire as much beauty and complexity as orchids,
and this property is not limited to just a few but manifests itself
in thousands of species of this plant.
For those who don't know, orchids are the largest plant family,
1 in 10 plants in the world is an orchid. It is estimated that the
number of orchid species includes more than 35,000 different species
and subspecies, different in shape and sizes from those
with the size of a needle like some Lepanthes to those with a length
of 10 meters or even more like vanilla.
Attractive and exotic like they are, the plant was reserved
for the rich people until a few decades ago growers began to multiply
them in vitro and even from tissue culture.
Orchids are plants with probably the same ancestors
within the lily family, they are one of the oldest plant species on earth.
Orchids are the most bizarre and exotic flowers that sometimes
mimic bees, wasps, spiders, etc. You can find them in any color
except for really black, also sky blue varieties are rare
and very expensive.
Some smell very sweet like coconut or cinnamon
but some also smell like rotten meat.
They belong to the order of Asparagales,
they are sometimes epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial.
The seeds lack the endosperm and without the help of
symbiotic fungi in nature, they are unable to reproduce themselves
with an exception for disa which can germinate
without the help of nutrients. They live together with the carriers
on which they do not live parasitically such as trees or plants
on which they grow.
There is so much more to write about and you can find many very
good books about finding orchids.
Take a look at the internet!
With kind regards,