Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Orchid

The name comes from the Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning "testicle", because of the shape of the root. Linnaeus categorized the family as Orchidaceous. Orchid was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in School Botany, due to an incorrect attempt to extract the Latin stem (orchis) from Orchidaceae.
A starving community of Morose, living in the midst of orchids worth many thousands of dollars, was one of the scenes stumbled upon by Fred Burdett while searching for rare orchids in the Pacific islands. Many other tropical sections have yielded rare and expensive specimens of these strange flowers. Orchids belong to the family Orchidaceous. Some are gorgeously colored, some dull, some curiously speckled and striped. Some look like groups of gay butterflies as the clusters flutter in the breeze, and some resemble curious moths. One species was likened by its early Spanish discoverers to the Holy Dove which descended at Christ’s baptism. Greenhouse specimens are among the most sought after of cut flowers and are of many colors and shapes. The tropical orchids are mostly air plants attached to the trunks and branches of trees. Their long roots are exposed to the air from which they absorb moisture and food. Orchids of temperate regions have their roots in the soil as do most common plants. While not so brilliant as their tropical relatives, they are very beautiful. 

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