Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fun Orchid Facts


We came across this informative article about orchids on therainforestsite.com.
Below is the article full of interesting Orchid facts:

When you think about biodiversity, you probably think about interesting bugs, astounding mammals, and fantastic fish: anything but orchids. Orchids are more complex and interesting than you think, with traits such as a huge size range and thousands of distinct species. Often two members of the Orchidaceae family look drastically different, making them a stellar example of biodiversity in the wild.
Worlds Biggest Plant Family 

There are more types of orchids than there are any other type of plant in the entire world. The orchid family, Orchidaceae, has over 25,000 unique species, each with its own set of traits.

More Variety Than Any Other Flower on Earth




Orchids range in size from the weight of a nickel to an entire ton. Imagine a flower with individual petals that each measure 30 inches long. Orchids also come in a huge range of color variations, and grow in most climate types.


Orchids Can Be Astonishingly Long-Lived



Plenty of plants live for a year, a few years or a decade or two at most. Orchids blow those lifespan estimates out of the water, with some species reaching ages up to 100 years.


What Do Orchids Have in Common With Us?



Orchids have a biological trait called bilateral symmetry, which means that both sides of the flower are identical to each other. Plenty of animals have this evolutionary trait, including human beings!


Orchids Are Manipulative



It takes cunning and wit to survive in the tropics, where many flower species compete for pollination by native insects. Orchids use camouflage to trick flying insects into cross-pollinating, ensuring the survival of each species.
Orchids Make Themselves Useful

The native Aztecs once harvested orchids and used parts of the plant to make an adhesive glue. Who knew that orchids could be a useful crafting supply?


Some Orchids Prefer the Dark





There's one species of orchid that blooms exclusively in the dark. Bulbophyllum nocturnum blooms after the sun goes down for a single night and dies by morning.  

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