• Orchidelirium: How a Modern-Day Flower Madness Is Fueling the Illegal Trade

    AboutOrchids Oct 21, 2021 | 03:33 am

    All over the world, rare plants are being stolen from the wild, and from botanical gardens. London’s legendary Kew Gardens employs security officers and cameras 24 hours a day. Its orchids, however, need extra protection. Many are displayed in locked glass cabinets to prevent theft. The rarest aren’t put out for visitors at all. Spurred […]

  • Researching Fungi to Save Orchids from Extinction

    AboutOrchids Oct 14, 2021 | 03:26 am

    Orchid seeds don’t carry nutrients. Instead, they rely on a specific fungus to supply food so they can germinate and grow. In the video below, Dr. Viswambharan Sarasan explains how this impacts Kew Gardens’ work to save rare British orchids. Scientists must collect fungi from orchid roots, take months to cultivate them, and identify which […]

  • A Wild, Weedy, and Intoxicating Orchid: Epipactis helleborine

    AboutOrchids Oct 7, 2021 | 18:30 pm

    Have you ever seen a drunk wasp? I have. Dave and I recently spotted one while were on a trail in a small wooded area near our home in Pacifica. The insect, shown in the first two photos above, was intoxicated from the nectar of a wild orchid, the Broad-Leaved Helleborine. The wasp hung upside […]

  • October Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Oct 1, 2021 | 11:00 am

    This is the busiest month of orchid events since the pandemic began. More in-person shows are including health precautions, like mask requirements, in their publicity. There are still others which fail to do that, but they’re not listed here. Miami’s big annual show is a welcome return this month. October 1 PhalFanatics Phalaenopsis Symposium, online […]

  • Extraordinary Catasetum Orchids

    AboutOrchids Sep 29, 2021 | 00:17 am

    In Defense of Plants explains why Catasetum orchids really stand out. They have fascinating flowers, but unlike most orchids, these beauties have different male and female blooms. This puzzled botanists long ago, who thought that they were separate species. It was the famous scientist Charles Darwin who finally resolved the confusion. Darwin studied how the […]

  • The Autumn Equinox

    AboutOrchids Sep 23, 2021 | 01:20 am

    A long time ago, when I moved to California from the East Coast, I thought it was spring all the time. Part of my culture shock was learning that the seasons were different here. Around Philadelphia where I grew up, we had hot, humid summers, and cold, snowy winters. In contrast, San Francisco summers are […]

  • Join the Slipper Orchid Alliance

    AboutOrchids Sep 20, 2021 | 03:50 am

    If you love Lady Slippers, then the Slipper Orchid Alliance (SOA) is for you. This non-profit group is dedicated to conserving these incredible flowers, and educating everyone about them. Lady Slippers have a pouch, and include Paphs, Phrags, Cyps, Mexipediums, and Selenipediums. The SOA offers photo galleries, culture sheets, and a quarterly journal. Members can […]

  • The Orchid Marketplace is Live!

    AboutOrchids Sep 15, 2021 | 01:23 am

    The American Orchid Society (AOS) has launched the Orchid Marketplace. This new service connects everyone with the world’s top vendors for orchids, supplies, books, greenhouses, and even jewelry. It’s all in one place, with direct links to vendor sites. AOS members save a minimum of 5% on all purchases, and may save more with added […]

  • True Blue Orchids

    AboutOrchids Sep 8, 2021 | 03:08 am

    Blue is a rare floral color, but the vast orchid family doesn’t disappoint, so it is possible to find true blue orchids. Some feature brilliant tones, while others have subtle hues. There are also imposters. Blue Moth Orchids in the supermarket are actually white blooms which are injected with dye. Many orchid varieties with “blue” […]

  • September Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Sep 1, 2021 | 09:23 am

    Here are this month’s events with COVID19 precautions. It’s a good idea to double-check with the local orchid society before attending in case of last-minute cancellations. September 1 Santa Clara Valley Orchid Society Live, In-Person Auction, American Legion Hall, 1504 Minnesota Ave., San Jose, California September 4 – 5 Welsh Orchid Festival, Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, […]